Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini, led by all-women crew, reached Cape Town, South Africa as part of Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition. This stop is last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate globe before it depart Cape Town and return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage.
So far the vessel has covered 1,75,00 nautical miles from its start in Goa in September 2017. The expedition was covered all five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands-UK), and Cape Town (South Africa). The vessel has passed through Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far.
Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition
The Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition was flagged-off by Nirmala Sitharaman Goa in September 2017. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and all women crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
The expedition is consonance with national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to showcase Nari Shakti on world platform and help in transforming societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environments.
The crew is collating and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitoring marine pollution on high seas. The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is 56-foot sailing vessel. It showcases ‘Make in India’ initiative on international forum.