SOUTHERN COMMAND WINS EXERCISE TIGER’S PATH 2019, MINISTER URGES OTHER SERVICES TO JOIN EXERCISE TIGER’S PATH IN 2021.
The Defence Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla – Dominic Nitiwul, has thrown a challenge to the Commands of other security services in Ghana and beyond, to join in the next biennial internal security and Counter Insurgency training competition at the Jungle Warfare School (JWS) at Achiase, in 2021.
The 14th Edition of EXERCISE TIGER’S PATH, the treasured jungle warfare training regime – an internal security and Counter Insurgency measure – of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), climaxed with Southern Command, the defending champions, emerging as Overall Best Champions of the biennial event, to claim their seventh win, since inception of the competition.
The 2019 Edition of EX TIGER’S PATH, was aimed at testing a cross-section of GAF in jungle operations and Internal Security and Counter Insurgency Operations at the sub-unit level.
It was also designed to enable the six various Formations (Southern – S/COMD, Northern – N/COMD, Central – C/COMD -Commands, Support Services Brigade – SP SVCS BDE, Ghana Navy and Ghana Air Force) to practice administration of Units in the held and accompanying logistics requirements.
Speaking as the Guest of Honour at the Closing Ceremony of the 14th Edition of EXERCISE TIGER’S PATH, Mr Nitiwul stated that the effects of insecurity, cannot be confined to any one country as neighbouring countries are not spared effects, due to the consequences of globalization.
The scope of the Exercise covered, among others, such tactical drills as Battle Procedure, First Aid, Tactical Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC), Improvised River Crossing drills, Platoon administration in the jungle, Offensive Operations in Jungle Setting, Helicopter Vectoring and Marshaling Drills, Marksmanship, Physical Fitness, Endurance, Confidence Building and Patrolling Techniques.
The rest are Jungle Survival, Combat Triage, Medical Evacuation, Navigation, Ambushes, Offensive Operations, Obstacle Crossing and Range Work.
The exercise had each of the 6 formations represented by a Platoon size of troops, with at least 3 officers (1 female) and 30 soldiers (5 females), each with a minimum backpack weighing not less than 18.3 kilograms in addition to their rifles, trekking distances of over 14 kilometers per day (Navigation Exercises – NAVEX) through thick forests and bushes, streams and the River Birim, pitch camps, late in the night in the wild.
At the end of the contest, Best team in First Aid went to Air Force, Offensive Operations – Central/COMD, Navigation went to Navy, Best Individual Shot in Open Range – Southern/COMD, Obstacle Crossing – S/COMD, Vectoring and Marshalling – Air Force, Best Female Participant – OS Grant of Navy, 3rdPlace – Northern/COMD, 2nd Place to Central/COMD and 1st Place Southern Command.
Some females who took part in the exercise: