64 Inf Battalion

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 64 INFANTRY REGIMENT

64 Infantry Regiment as it is today started as Forces Reserve Unit (FRU) in 1982 then to Forces Reserve Battalion (FRB) in 1986 before finally being designated 64 Infantry Regiment in 1993.

The Forces Reserve Unit (FRU) was instituted at Gondar Barracks in 1982 as a composite Unit of Platoons from existing Units in support of the 31 December 1981 Revolution.  The FRU attained the status of a permanent Unit by 1986 when it was designated the Forces Reserve Battalion (FRB) with the role of Personal Security and other Specialist Tasks.  The FRB came under command and control of GHQ in May 1988, having previously been under the PNDC (COS).

The 64 Infantry Regiment was formed from the FRB at Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp, on 1 July 1993.  On its establishment, it was made the Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU). The Unit presently consists of an HQ Coy, 3 Rifle Coys, Sp Coy and a Training School at the Asutsuare Training Camp (ASTC).

Since its inception, the Regiment has provided troops for the following International Peacekeeping Operations: UNIFIL, UNAMIR, UNTAC, ECOMOG, UNMIL, MONUC, UNAMSIL, and UNOCI. The unit as a Battalion has also served on UNAMSIL Ghanbatt 4, MONUC Ghanbatt 5 and UNIFIL Ghanbatt 64.

On the local front,     Troops of the Regiment were promptly deployed for pacific operations during Operation GONGON (Nanumba-Kokomba Conflict) in 1994 as one of the lead elements in that Operation. It has also led or joined in numerous other local Internal Security Operations. The Regiment provided the bulk of the 200-man Company Task Force for Operation OGYEFO which was to undertake the evacuation of Ghanaian citizens from Sierra Leone following the Coup in that country on 25 May 1997.