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INSV Tarini Reaches Goa After Circumnavigating The Globe

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| May 21 , 2018 , 17:20 IST

The six-member all-woman team of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini reached Panaji on Monday after circumnavigating the globe. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the team back.

This is the first Indian all-women crew to sail across the globe. The team had begun their arduous journey on September 10 from Goa. The expedition was named Navika Sagar Parikrama and was aimed at promoting women empowerment.

INSV Tarini was led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and her crew consisted of Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. They were trained under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe.

The expedition had six legs and had stopovers at five ports viz Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

The crew sailed over 21,600 nautical miles, across four continents, three oceans and crossed the Equator twice.

All the six members of the crew will reach Delhi on May 23 and will be felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a video shared by the Defence Minister, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati shared her experience and said, “It was special to us because it was crossing of South Pacific Ocean which is one of the most ferocious and dynamic oceans. Also special because we witnessed a lot of beautiful marine lives and southern aurora lives.”