Ghana Navy Ventures into Uncharted Waters: Exploring the Centre of the Earth

Gati Jesse

Gati Jesse

Published on March 25, 2024

The Ghana Navy has embarked on a groundbreaking expedition to the Center of the Earth, signaling a significant boost to the nation’s tourism industry and igniting the imagination of adventurous souls worldwide. This unprecedented voyage, which set sail from the Clinker Jetty of the Tema Port, promises to put Ghana on the map as the closest country to the intersection of the Greenwich Meridian and the Equator, offering an unparalleled opportunity for exploration and discovery.

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Led by two Ghana Navy Ships (GNS)—ANKOBRA and VOLTA—and the United States Naval supply vessel (USS HERSHEL WOODEY WILLIAMS), the expedition has captured the attention of intrepid explorers and leisure seekers alike. With the Chief of the Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, and Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, Chief of the Naval Staff, offering their blessings, the voyage commenced on Tuesday, March 20, 2024, amid great anticipation and excitement.

Ghana Navy
Ghana Navy

As the vessels charted their course towards Latitude 0 (the Equator), a myriad of experiences unfolded, captivating the hearts and minds of all on board. From the mesmerizing expanse of the deep blue sea to the playful antics of dolphins and birds accompanying the ships, every moment was a testament to the wonders of the natural world. Amidst games, gastronomic delights, and camaraderie, the sailors forged unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

The highlight of the journey came as the vessels reached the intersection of Latitude 0 and Longitude 0, where a time-honored naval tradition known as ‘Crossing the Line’ took place. Led by Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sabbah Sarbah, the crew of GNS VOLTA celebrated the transformation of ‘Pollywogs’ into ‘Shellbacks,’ marking a rite of passage for all who crossed the Equator for the first time.

Ghana Navy
Ghana Navy

Following the successful completion of their mission, the vessels made their triumphant return to the shores of Sekondi Naval Base, where they were greeted by a ceremonial rainstorm, symbolic of the challenges overcome and the resilience displayed by all involved. A joint amphibious training exercise, featuring military personnel from the Ghana Navy, Army Special Operations Brigade, and Air Force Fighter Squadron, further showcased the nation’s commitment to security and defense.

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In a closing ceremony held at Aboadze, near Shama, Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu commended all participants for their exemplary dedication and valor, presenting certificates and ‘Shellback’ badges as tokens of appreciation. He underscored the importance of unity and collaboration in navigating new seas and conquering new challenges, urging continued efforts to propel Ghana’s tourism industry to greater heights.

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