We all dream of traversing around the globe but even the bravest of us would hesitate on the thought of sailing around the globe. This Indian Naval Team is living that dream. The All-Women Indian Naval Team set off to embark upon its voyage to travel the globe in 8 months on September 10 from INS Mandovi boat pool at Verem. The mission is named 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' with six women officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. The journey was flagged off at the Goa port by Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The crew on board will sail through INSV Tarini, a 55-foot vessel.
It is for the first time that an all-women naval crew will be managing a sailing vessel which will attempt to circumnavigate the globe. ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ would be covered in five legs with stopovers at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa) — for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary, before returning to Goa in April next year. The crew will be covering 21,600 nautical miles around the globe. During the voyage, the crew would also monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas, as also interact extensively with local PIOs during various port halts to promote ocean sailing the crew would also collate and update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and subsequent analysis by research and development organisations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi too showed appreciation and encouragement for the all-women Indian Navy team by tweeting – “Today is a special day! Six women officers of the Navy begin their journey of circumnavigating the globe on board the INSV Tarini”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too showed appreciation and encouragement for the all-women Indian Navy team by tweeting – “Today is a special day! Six women officers of the Navy begin their journey of circumnavigating the globe on board the INSV Tarini”The Defence Ministry released an official statement saying, “This project is considered essential towards promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’”