INSV Tarini, the naval ship carrying an all-women crew, will be received in Goa today. The crew has been circumnavigating the globe for the past 8-9 months.

Here are ten things you should know about INSV Tarini and the expedition:

1. Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, is 17 metres long, five metres wide and has a displacement of 23 tonnes. The cruising sloop was built to a stock design by Van de Stadt called Tonga 56. The vessel was named INSV Tarini, after the Tara Tarini temple. 

2. The keel of the vessel was laid on 27 March, 2016, at the Aquarius Shipyard. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa. Extensive trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January, 2017.

3. INSV Tarini is the second sailboat of the Indian Navy. After extensive sea trials, she was commissioned to Indian Navy service on 18 February, 2017.

4. The expedition, on Tarini, was named “Navika Sagar Parikrama”. A six-woman navy crew kicked off their voyage to circumnavigate the globe in the first week of September, 2017, from Goa. PM Narendra Modi had met the crew before their voyage. 

5. The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ also substantially makes a strong feminist statement. The all-women crew carrying out the expedition on their own, with full support from the country, does make a definitive, empowering statement. 

6. The significance of Navika Sagar Parikrama voyage is in harmony with National policy of women’s empowerment, showcasing India’s Nari Shakti on world platform. The Parikrama also aims to revolutionise mindsets towards women by increasing their participation in challenging environments.

7. The voyage signifies the Make in India initiative of the government by sailing on board an Indian-built INSV Tarini. It also encourages use of environment friendly, non-conventional renewable energy since the ship harnesses wind. The crew also monitored and reported marine pollution levels.
8. The crew, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, includes Lt-Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. It is the first all-woman military team and the first Asian women’s team to attempt circumnavigation. Two Indian Navy officers, Captain Dilip Donde (retd) and Commander Abhilash Tomy, completed solo circumnavigation on INSV Mhadei in 2009-10 and 2012-13.

9. The group underwent their basic sail training courses in Mumbai at the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), and at various schools in the southern Naval base in Kochi. They even sailed on INSV Mhadei to Mauritius and back and also to Cape Town. The officers trained for almost three years to prepare for the voyage. They trained under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe in 2009-2010, and Captain Atool Sinha, an Asian Games silver medallist.

10. Tarini is similar to her predecessor, the INSV Mhadei, which has travelled over 115,000 nautical miles during her eight years of service. After the INSV Mhadei operation, the features of the boat were updated, based on the feedback from the earlier experience.

11. INSV Tarini covered over 21,600 nautical miles since she left Goa on September 10 last year. It also tested sailing skills required to battle the elements of sea.

12. The circumnavigation journey was covered in five legs. The stopovers were at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

INSV Tarini will be received by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in Goa on Monday, May 21.

Also: All-Women Naval Crew Set To Reach Goa After Sailing Around The World

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Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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