The Ghana navy appears handicapped in fighting off pirates attack. Although this is the first time Ghana is said to have experienced pirates attack on its territorial waters, the cost of warding off these attacks if they become incessant is something the country may not be able to handle.
In the early hours of Thursday, a Ghanaian tuna fishing vessel, Atlantic Princess was attacked on Ghana’s waters, south of Tema whiles the pirates kidnapped five crew members, all foreign nationals.
The Naval Captain, Bright Atiayao who is the Director Navy Operations noted the vessel which was attacked is sailing back to Tema but the pirates’ boat used for the operations and the pirates have not been found yet.
“We are always out there but the only problem yesterday was that they didn’t call early. We have equipment that look out to the sea”.
The pirates’ skiff boat is said to be faster. Naval boats generally have speed that they work with, they don’t move as fast as aircraft so the Ghana Airforce was there to assist. “