The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admirer Seth Amoama has launched exercise Sea Lion to enable the Ghana Navy deal with the maritime threats and safeguard the country’s maritime domain against all forms of criminal activities at sea.
The exercise which was launched yesterday by the Navy boss at a ceremony in Sekondi Naval Base was to enable the fleet begin the three days exercise at sea.
Exercise Sea Lion is part of the Ghana Navy’s fleet exercise to prepare the personnel professionally to be able to deal with any form of maritime security threats at sea.
The exercise is also to test the operational and technical endurance of the fleet to their exclusive economic zone which is about 200 to 300 nautical miles to the equator.
It is also aimed at sending a signal to all the criminal elements that have recently begun to operates in Ghana’s maritime domain.
Ghana is part of Gulf of Guinea which is noted for criminal activities, piracy, smuggling, drug trafficking, illegal fishing among others.
The Navy boss indicated that, even though the Gulf of Guinea is noted for criminality, Ghana’s maritime domain has been relatively calm until recent times when some pirates are relocating to Ghana.
He added that the Navy is embarking on the exercise with all the full force at their disposal to indicate to the criminals their readiness to face them squarely.
Rear Admirer Amoama, gave the assurance to the civil population that the Navy can maintain a safe and secured maritime domain for the to engage in their normal businesses.
The exercise Sea Lion is led by Commander Fianko, an Officer-in-tactical-Command. He is in charge of Ghana Navy’s ship “Yaa Asantewa” and is also in charge of all the personnel going to the sea including the ships.
About 24 officers and 180 Naval ratings of all trades including medical personnel are embarking on the exercise at sea.
According to Rear Admirer Amoama, the crew upon reaching the Equator would be inducted into a tradition which is known as ‘Crossing the Line’ where they would be initiated in a ceremony into the King Neptune kingdom.
Each of the personnel would be awarded with the King Neptune barge when they return from the exercise on Thursday, October 29, 2020, to boost their morale, signifying that they have been to the equator and have been initiated by King Neptune.
The crew who were set off on Monday, October 26, 2020, are expected to cross the equator on Tuesday, October 27, spend one hour in a ceremony and come back to land where they would conduct an amphibious operation at a designated coast at Shama in the Shama district of the western region.
There would be a Tryservice Joint Exercise which will involve the Ghana Navy, Ghana Army and the Ghana Air Force to end the exercise Sea Lion on Thursday.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew Dadzie