Indian Navy Makes History As All-Women Crew travels Around the World

Allow your chests to puff out with pride, ladies. We have something to be proud about. An Indian Navy sailing team which is set to circumnavigate the globe is now docked at Port Stanley, the capital of Falkland Islands (part of British Overseas territory).


The highlight of this feat is that the sailing vessel, the INSV Tarini, is manned by an all-women crew!


The six-member team of the vessel started their maiden voyage on September 10 from Goa. The entire voyage is expected to take about 8 months to complete.


Captain Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi heads the voyage and she is joined by her crew comprising of Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal and P. Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.


B Aishwarya has been maintaining a blog of her experiences and said, “It is always a surprise when nature catches you unaware just when you are lost into its mesmerising beauty, such as our awe when we witnessed the Auroras — the southern lights... only a lucky few get to witness this at sea.”


The expedition, aptly titled, ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ was flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of the national initiative to empower women to attain their full potential.


The crew has been interacting extensively with the locals, especially children, during their port halts to encourage ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure. The vessel will return to Goa in the month of April. Ahoy, we say!


Disclaimer: This article was originally published in thehindu

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