Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini with its all women crew successfully completed its circumnavigation of the globe and returned to Goa. It was first-ever all women Asian and Indian circumnavigation expedition of globe . The expedition had started on September 10, 2017 in Goa was aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.
- Under the Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition, the Indian Navy’s 6-member all-women crew onboard of INSV Tarini reached Panaji, Goa in around 254 days.
- It was the first ever all women Asian and Indian circumnavigation expedition of the globe.
- They were welcomed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji.
- The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ expedition was flagged off on 10th September 2017.
- It aimed at promoting women empowerment.
- The crew led by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi covered a total of 21,980 nautical miles in INSV Tarini, which was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18th February 2017.
- The other crew members comprised Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
- The expedition was completed in six legs with five stopovers at Fremantle I Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falkland Islands, Cape Town in South Africa, and Port Louis in Mauritius.
INSV Tarini :
INSV Tarini is 55 foot sailing vessel built indigenously in India by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa. It was inducted into Indian Navy in February 2017. It carried suite of six sails, including main sail, head sails (Genoa and stay sails), downwind sails and storm sail. The boat was named after famous ‘Tara-Tarini’ temple in Ganjam district of Odisha. The word ‘Tarini’ means boat and in Sanskrit it means saviour. Tara-Tarini is patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshipped for safety and success at sea.