INSV Tarini: All Women Crew Complete Historic Sail Around The Globe!

Here’s to girl power!

Six Indian Navy sailors, all women, recently arrived at INS Mandovi jetty in Goa after completing their historic circumnavigation of the globe in 254 days! The all-women crew was led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, with the crew comprising Lt commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. They had covered a total of 21,980 nautical miles in INSV Tarini, inducted into the Indian Navy on February 18 last year.

The crew began their journey in September 2017, with the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’. Reports state that the crew visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice, sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope.

The expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

The crew this week was welcomed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji. They also met the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday.

While their journey might have been tough, the crew, speaking to Mint, spoke about how they keep themselves occupied.

“Six was a great number, we were always entertained. We watched movies, listened to music, and you won’t believe some of the goodies the crew rustled up in our tiny pantry, even while sailing in rough seas. We made paranthas, baked cakes and breads, and even made halwa and rasgullas!” said Joshi.

The crew was mentored by commander Dilip Donde, India’s first solo circumnavigator, who sailed around the globe, completing his journey in 2010.

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