Indian Navy's all women crew INSV Tarini reached Goa on Monday after circumventing the globe for 199 days at sea and 254 days in all. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed the crew in Panaji.
Nirmala Sitharaman said, "I feel humbled before them for the achievement they have made. Youngsters from India achieving, it should be motivational for man and women: Defence Minister Sitharaman received 6-member all women team of INS Tarini that reached Panaji after circumnavigating the globe."
The first such expedition by the Indian Navy, 'Navika Sagar Parikrama', was flagged off after a ceremony at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool near Goa in 2017. The six-member women crew circumnavigates the globe on an India-built sail boat, INSV Tarini, which is being skippered by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi.
Navika Sagar Parikrama INSV Tarini crossed 'Cape Horn' in Januray 2018. This is the 2nd of the 3 great Capes that is required to be crossed for the voyage to qualify as a circumnavigation. The vessel crossed Cape Leeuwin on 9 November 2017. In October, INS Tarini reached its first stop in Fremantle, Australia, after covering 4770 nautical miles.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met the crew of INSV Tarini on August 16, 2017, before they embarked on the 22,100 nautical mile circumnavigation journey.
INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and was inducted in the Indian Navy in 2017. The vessel is skippered by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
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