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.
RM Smt @nsitharaman had flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all women crew of six officers of Indian Navy from INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa on 10 Sep 2017, successfully accomplished ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, on 21 May 2018. #WelcomeHomeTarini pic.twitter.com/A1XP6UMAWM— Defence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) May 21, 2018
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.
6-member all-woman team circumnavigated&managed the whole operation #INSVTarini— PRO Defence Trivandrum (@DefencePROTvm) May 21, 2018
Successful voyage finished with
4 port calls
▪️Cape Town,South Africa#WelcomeHomeTarini@SpokespersonMoD @nsitharamanoffc pic.twitter.com/LCM8kSOUHG
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.
#INSVTarini— PRO Defence Trivandrum (@DefencePROTvm) May 21, 2018
▪️Sailed over 21600nm.
▪️Sailed across 4 Continents. ▪️Sailed across 3 Oceans.
▪️Passed South of three Capes.
▪️Crossed the Equator twice #WelcomeHomeTarini#NavikaSagarParikrama pic.twitter.com/CcTs1exNv0
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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