Vice Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey was born in Calabar in March 1918 to an Ibibio/Efik Father and a Yoruba Mother. He had his early education in Calabar, Cross River State and at Methodist School, Ikot Ekpene in present Akwa Ibom State; and further education in Lagos. He joined the Marin as a cadet and engineer in training around 1940. At the end of his training in 1945, he served in all sea-going vessels in the Marine Department. When the Navy was established in 1956, he was transferred to the Navy as a sub-lieutenant. In 1962, he was appointed as the commanding officer of base and naval officer in charge of Apapa, Lagos. In 1967, he was appointed as the Federal Commissioner of Establishment. In same 1966, he became a member of the federal Executive Council. He was promoted to various ranks and to the final rank of vice-admiral.