Ghana Air Force
By Michiel Vermeer & Erwin van Dijkman
Ghana is a republic on Africa's West coast. It gained independence from Britain on 6 March 1957. It ranks in the top ten of Africa with regards to natural resourrces and economic power. Moreover, it is quite a stable democratic country also visited by many tourists.
The Ghana Armed Forces have a small but capable Air Force. The primary role is to support the Army and Navy. The Air Force also assists the government, the police and Ghana Gas.
Accra AFB is the main base for the Ghana Air Force (GAF). Two of the recently acquired C295’s are flying with the Communication Squadron, where they replaced the venerable Fokker F27’s. The Governmental Da900EX is also part of the Communication Squadron. It replaced the F28-300 which is now for sale. The GAF helicopter fleet is operated by 3 Squadron consists of Z-9’s and Mi17/171 helicopters. Also flying from Accra AFB are the K-8s of 4 squadron, that have replaced the L-39 and MB339.
Takoradi AFB is the second largest base. The Flying Training School still has its Ce172’s on strength formally but they are currently stored on base. Initial flying training is now done with 1 Squadron on the DA42. 1 Squadron operates three DA42 aircraft. Of these only one (registered GHF120) fulfils the training role while the other two (GHF121 and 122) are dedicated surveillance aircraft. There is also a Z-9 detachment for patrol missions at Takoradi operating under 1 Squadron.
Tamale AFB in the Northern region is home of 2 Squadron that operates one C295. The main task is to support the Army Airborne Force with training and deployments. In the future the K-8 of 4 Squadron may return to Tamale.