On the day of Holi, the all-women crew of naval vessel INSV Tarini entered the Cape Town in South Africa during its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town in South Africa. After reaching Cape Town, the vessel has covered the first four legs of its voyage. The crew encountered rough seas and extremely cold temperature coupled with stormy weather conditions, making the circumnavigation highly daunting, the Navy said in a statement.
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 the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on September 10.
The vessel has covered 1,75,00 nautical miles from Goa, crossing the equator on September 25, Cape Leeuwin, the southernmost part of Western Australia, on November 9, and Cape Horn off Chile on January 19 this year. The vessel’s passage through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far, has witnessed winds in excess of 60 knots and waves up to 7 metres high. The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year, and showcases the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the international forum.
Governor of the Falkland Islands Nigel Phillips CBE and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and MLA Stacy Bragge welcomed the ship and crew warmly at Cape Horn in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands on Jan 22, 2018.
“The expedition titled Navika Sagar Parikrama, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to showcase Nari Shakti on the world platform and help in transforming societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environs,” the Navy said. INSV Tarini is likely to depart Cape Town on March 14 and return to Goa in April, on completion of the voyage.