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Commander PRISCILLA AMI DOGBEDA DZOKOTO – The First Ghanaian Female to Command a Naval Vessel

Commander PRISCILLA AMI DOGBEDA DZOKOTO - The First Ghanaian Female to Command a Naval Vessel - African Leaders Magazine

Commander Priscilla Ami Dogbeda Dzokoto has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of Ghana Navy Ship BLIKA, thus becoming the first female officer to occupy such a position.

She joins Lt. Commander Faustina Maame Boakyewaa Anokye Boakye, the Navy’s first female naval officer.

“Her appointment makes her the first female Commanding Officer of a Ghana Navy Ship, a feat she achieved by dint of hard work, perseverance and God’s grace,” the statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, Naval Capt. Michael Addo Larbi, said.

Commander PRISCILLA AMI DOGBEDA DZOKOTO - The First Ghanaian Female to Command a Naval Vessel - African Leaders Magazine

Commander Dzokoto, the statement said, previously served as the Assistant Navigation Officer on board GNS YAA ASANTEWAA, when the ship sailed to Nigeria to participate in exercise Obangame Express in 2014.

Explaining why the GAF considered the female commanding officer a feat, the statement said navies all over the world were predominantly dominated by men.

“It is, therefore, historic that the Ghana Navy has appointed its first female Commanding Officer who has played an instrumental role in planning and executing the passage from Ghana to Nigeria,” it added. Lieutenant Commander Priscilla Ami Dogbeda Dzokoto was born on Saturday, March 8, 1986 in Takoradi.

She had her primary education at Pentecost Preparatory and JSS and later attended Holy Child School, Cape Coast in the Central Region. In 2004, she completed her secondary education. She pursued Mathematical Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and Computer Science in 2009.

She was enlisted into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy in September 2012, as part of Ghana Military Academy Regular Career Course Intake 52.

On commissioning, she had also completed the Junior Staff Course at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College in 2019, where she came out as the second-best student. Lt Cdr Dzokoto also completed the Sub Lieutenants Technical Course in Ghana in 2016.

She had her initial training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in the United Kingdom in 2013. Subsequently, she attended the Navigation Direction School in Kochi, India, from July last year to February this year, where she graduated as a Navigation Specialist.

Commander PRISCILLA AMI DOGBEDA DZOKOTO - The First Ghanaian Female to Command a Naval Vessel - African Leaders Magazine

Lt Cdr Dzokoto also holds certificates in Maritime Interoperability Training from the United Kingdom, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation, and Maritime Risk Assessment certificates, all in Ghana.

“These courses and training equipped her to hold various appointments as she rose through the ranks,” the statement said. In the area of peacekeeping, Lt Cdr Dzokoto served as a Military Observer with the United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) from February 2020 to February 2021.

 

 

source: betterghanadigest.com / independentghana.com

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