Ghana’s Navy will receive additional Defender Class patrol boats from the US under the African Partnership Station (APS) wing of US Africa Command (Africom).

AFRICOM commander General William Ward said the Defender Class patrol boats would ensure that Ghana could take control of its own security and stability, according to graphicghana.com.

The new patrol boats will help Ghana deal with illegal trafficking, drugs, weapons, illegal fishing and other illegal activity.

In 2008, the US delivered three Defender Class patrol boats to the Ghanaian Navy’s Western Naval Command in Sekondi.