Guwahati, May 21: In another proud moment for the nation, six women officers of Indian Navy have circumnavigate the globe INSV Tarini.
Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV) Tarini) entered Goa harbour and came alongside the INS Mandovi jetty on completion of a historic global circumnavigation voyage on May 21.
The all-women crew of Tarini was received at the jetty by Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, who had also flagged them off on September 10 last year.
It was a poignant moment for the “Navika Sagar Parikrama” team, which also included a number of naval personnel who worked behind the scenes from the time of origination of the idea of circumnavigation by an all women crew, right through the planning, implementation and training till the successful execution of the voyage.
The women crew themselves were ecstatic on completion of the voyage. Speaking at the occasion, the skipper Lt Commander Vartika Joshi said “We knew at the very start of this voyage that we had a daunting task ahead. However, the many challenges we encountered brought in a new found strength from within, which we ourselves never knew we were capable of”. “Our close bonding helped us overcome those difficult times” she added.
It may be mentioned here that this is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
The vessel was skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprised Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
Speaking at the occasion, Nirmala Sitharaman said that she is extremely honoured and feels humbled before the crew of team Tarini for what they have achieved.
During her 254 day long voyage, the vessel has covered over 22,000 nautical miles, visiting five countries that include Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Islands (UK), South Africa and Mauritius.
At each of these countries, the crew received a rousing welcome both from the Indian diaspora as also from the local community.
The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy in February 2017 and has showcased the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the international forum.