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Born 23 March 1951 (age 64)
Service/branch Ghana Navy
Years of service 1970–
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars Lebanon War (Nov 1986 to June 1987)
Vice Admiral Mathew Quashie (born 23 March 1951) is a Ghanaian naval officer and is the twenty-ninth and the current Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces.
1 Early life
2 Naval service
2.1 Naval appointments
2.2 Combat operation
3 Military appointment
Vice Admiral Quashie was born on 23 March 1951 in Accra. In 1970 he obtained his General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Certificate after a five-year secondary school education at Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast. After Mfantsipim School, got admitted into the Ghana Secondary Technical School in Takoradi from 1970 to 1972. He was awarded his Advanced Level Certificate after completion.
Vice Admiral Quashie enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy in 1972. He went to the United Kingdom to continue his basic military officer training. He enrolled at the Britannia Royal Naval College and completed his training in 1974. He returned to Ghana and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant into the Executive Branch of the Ghana Navy in July 1974.
Vice Admiral Quashie has served the Navy in various capacities including:
Watch-Keeping Officer on the Ghana Navy Ships (GNS) Keta, Kromantse, Sahene and Achimota
Executive Officer on GNS Elmina and Dzata
Acting Executive Officer on GNS Kromantse.
Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the Naval Staff.
Base Operations Officer, Naval Base Sekondi
Staff Officer Communication and Intelligence
Acting Training Officer, Naval Base Sekondi
Senior Officer Afloat and Commanding Officer Naval Base Sekondi.
He served in the several senior capacities prior to his appointment as the Chief of Staff. They included:
Director of Operations and Plans at the Naval Headquarters
Directing Staff at both the Ghana Armed Forces Command College and Nigeria Command and Staff College
Deputy Commandant Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College
Director Resettlement at General Headquarters (2003) and Chief Staff Officer, Naval Headquarters
Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command
During the 1980s Lebanon conflict, Vice Admiral Quashie was appointed Assistant Staff Officer of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
With Rear Adm. Tony Kurta
With Rear Adm. Tony Kurta
On 28 March 2013, President John Dramani Mahama, Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, swore Vice Admiral Quashie into office as the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces. He replaced Lt Gen. Peter Blay. Prior to his appointment, Vice Admiral Quarshie served as the Chief of Navy Staff. He handed over to Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro.