Queen Elizabeth II has awarded a Ghanaian-born Navy officer for successfully completing a training with the Royal Navy. George Acquah is the latest in a long line of Ghana Navy officers to have been awarded
The Ghana Navy Officer George Acquah received the prestigious Admiralty Prize from His Royal Highness the Duke of York , Prince Andrew.
The honour was conferred on him during the Lord High Admiral’s Divisions’ Parade at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) at Dartmouth in the United Kingdom.
Lord High Admiral's Divisions is the most prestigious parade of the BRNC calendar.
SLt Acquah was also judged to have been the best of all the International Officer Cadets to have completed initial officer training throughout the entire year.
He has been described as ‘an officer who exudes a natural calmness, confidence and leadership style‘ and who was academically ‘outstanding’; he has provided ‘an example to all, and with a ‘natural affinity for life at sea.
SLt. Acquah's award is a telescope personally gifted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in front of around 800 families, friends and distinguished guests of those on parade.
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Commenting on his award, the UK’s Defence Adviser to Ghana, Lt Col Simon Westlake of the Royal Marines said
"I am extremely pleased that we have been able to arrange for SLt Acquah and his parents to return to the UK to receive this award from the Duke of York. His is a significant achievement, as shown by the fact that the award is a gift from HM Queen Elizabeth II, and that it is was personally presented by the Duke of York at the Lord High Admiral’s Divisions – itself a very historic event".