INSV Tarini, the naval ship with an all-women crew, will be received by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in Goa on May 21, reported TOI. The crew has been circumnavigating the globe for the past 8-9 months.
INSV Tarini, with six women naval officers, circumnavigated the globe on a sail boat, with stop-overs at five ports across the world. The “Navika Sagar Parikrama” expedition is the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The Indian-built sailing vessel visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama welcomed the crew on Twitter and will be present in Goa to receive them on May 21
INSV Tarini covered over 21,600 nautical miles since she left Goa on September 10 last year. Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said the crew’s journey was a gruelling test of human endurance and perseverance. It also tested sailing skills required to battle the elements of sea.
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
The expedition was undertaken in six legs. There were stopovers at Fremantle-Australia, New Zealand, Falklands, South Africa and Mauritius.
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.
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 also sailed to Cape Town in December 2016. They began the circumnavigation trip in September 2017.
Indeed, a proud moment for the country! We congratulate the gutsy crew of INSV Tarini!
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv