The 177ft Covrvette, G.N.S.KROMANTSE designed by Vosper Limited, Portsmouth in collaboration with Vickers-Armstrongs for the?
The 177ft Covrvette, G.N.S.KROMANTSE designed by Vosper Limited, Portsmouth in collaboration with Vickers-Armstrongs for the Ghana Navy will be launched at Vosper's Portsmouth yard on 5th September, 1963.
The ship will be launched by Mrs.Kofi Baako, wife of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Ghana in the presence of Mr.Kwame Addae, representing His Excellency the High Commissioner and Commodore D.A.Hansen, A.D.C., Commodore of the Navy, Councilor H.Sotnik, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will be among the many other distinguished guests.
The religious ceremony will be conducted by the Right Reverend I.S.M.Lemaire, the Assistant Bishop of Accra, assisted by the Right Reverend R.R.Roseveare S.S.M., Bishop of Accra.
G.N.S.KROMANTSE will be of some 440 tons displacement and powered by two Bristol Siddeley MD 872 diesel engines which will give her a maximum speed of about 20 knots.She will be armed with one 4inch and one 40mm gun, with sonar and anti-submarine mortar and fitted with modern Decca air and surface warning radar sets.
The accommodation will be air conditioned throughout.Vosper rolls damping fins (ship stabilisers) will be fitted to ensure good sea-keeping qualities and for the greater comfort and efficiency of the crew.
The complement will be about 50 officers and men.
The ship is named after Fort Kromantse, the first British fort to be built on the Gold Coast (as Ghana was then called) in 1651, by the "Company of London Trading into Africa".The fort, after an exciting history of capture and recapture during the Dutch wars, again became British in 1858.It is now known by its Dutch name of Fort Amsterdam and preserved as an ancient monument close to the town of Kromantse.