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David Animle Hansen
Rear Admiral David Hansen
Born 1923
Died 2008 (aged 84–85)
Place of birth Ghana
Allegiance Ghana
Service/branch Ghana Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff

Rear Admiral David Animle Hansen (17 May 1923 – 28 January 2008) was the first Ghanaian to be appointed Chief of Naval Staff of the Ghana Navy.

Education and training

David Hansen trained at the Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School in the United Kingdom.[1]


On the completion of his training, Hansen was commissioned into the Ghana army. When the Ghana Navy was established on July 29, 1959,[2] its first head was D. A. Foreman, a retired British naval officer who had been granted presidential commission as a Ghana naval officer with the rank of Commodore. David Hansen was later transferred from the army to the navy and appointed as the first Ghanaian Chief of Naval Staff of the Ghana Navy.[3] In addition, he served as an aide-de-camp to President Kwame Nkrumah.


The Ghana Navy ship GNS Hansen was named after him.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Barracks: The History behind those names". PART 7 – EPILOGUE Section 3. Segun Toyin Dawodu. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. "Historical Background of The Ghana Navy". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. "The Security Services" (pdf). National Reconciliation Commission Report Volume 4 Chapter 1. Ghana government. October 2004. pp. pages 3 & 4. Retrieved 2007-06-12. [dead link]
Military offices
Preceded by
Commodore D. A. Foreman
Chief of Naval Staff
September 1961 – June 1967
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Michael Otu

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