By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Navy Ward Room
A stripe wetting ceremony has been held for officers of the Ghana Navy, in accordance with the order of old navy traditions, after they had been variously promoted, in the course of the year 2019.
The ceremony, which was supervised by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama, took place at the Navy Ward Room, Accra, on the 22nd of November, 2019.
Of the officers of the Ghana Navy, who had been promoted, eight (8) of them were available for the performance of one of the very many navy customs, while the others had been absent due to the performance of duties, which did not permit them to be present.
The officers were Commodore (Cdre) Godwin Bessing – Chief Staff Officer (CSO), Navy Headquarters, Captain (Capt) (GN) Samuel Ayelazono – Director, Naval Administration (DNA), Navy HQ, Capt (GN) Faustina Anokye – Director, Civilian Establishment (CE), Commander (Cdr) Duvor, Cdr Fianko, Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Anyimadu, Lt Cdr Tsekpetse and Lt Cdr Barkey.
Stripe Wetting has its origins in the old days when officers on promotion, used to ADD ON THE NEW STRIPE TO THE OLD STRIPES, for the new golden stripe, being shiny, would stand out, and thus, at the ceremony to wish the newly promoted well, fellow officers rub a few drops of beer or rum/whisky on the new stripe, to dull the shine of the new stripe, to match the existing.
Other senior officers of the GN, who were there to lend support for the occasion included the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command – Cdre Sam Walker, Defence Attache to Ghana’s High Commission to Nigeria – Cdre Issah Yakubu, and some civilian friends and classmates of some of the newly promoted.