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INS Tarini returns to Goa after circumnavigating globe in over 8 months; Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief welcome 6-member all women-crew

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the naval officers on their arrival near Panaji.

Edited by: PTI, New Delhi [ Updated: May 21, 2018 17:11 IST ]
The all-women crew are scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on

The all-women crew are scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on May 23, where they will be felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday welcomed the Indian Navy's six-member all-women crew who arrived here after circumnavigating the globe in over eight months on board the naval vessel INSV Tarini. 

The expedition, christened 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', was flagged off from the INS Mandovi boat pool here on September 10 last year. 

Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew had Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta as other members. 

They completed the feat in the 55-foot sailing vessel, INSV Tarini, which was inducted into the Indian Navy on February 18 last year. 

It was the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew, the Navy said. 

The six women officers trained for the project under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe from August 19, 2009 to May 19, 2010 onboard the Indian-built vessel INSV Mhadei, a Navy official said. 

A Navy spokesperson said that the expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at the Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius. 

"The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes - Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope," the spokesperson said.

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During the eight months and 11 days of the expedition, they sailed in six legs, with stop-overs at five ports, namely Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius. INSV Tarini sailed over 21,600 nautical miles, visited five countries, sailed across four continents, three oceans, passed south of three capes and crossed the Equator twice.

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