All-women crew of INSV Tarini call on Prez after successful 254-day voyage


New Delhi, The six women-officer crew of INSV Tarini, who recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe, called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Friday. The INSV Tarini is the second sailboat of the Indian Navy. She was constructed at Aquarius Shipyard located in Goa. After undergoing extensive sea trials, she was commissioned to Indian Navy service on February 18, 2017. Welcoming the women officers, the President said the expedition they undertook was full of challenges -- sailing across the world in the face of rough weather and rough seas and covering over 20,000 nautical-miles in 194 days of sailing. ``Their success exemplifies a never-give-up attitude, determination, teamwork, mental and physical fitness and professional excellence,’’ he said, adding that the crew’s success belonged to and inspired each girl child in the country. ``This success exemplifies the power of women,’’ he said. The expedition aboard INSV Tarini was flagged off on September 10, 2017 from Goa and ended with its return to Goa on May 10, 2018. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi was the skipper of the vessel. The crew comprised Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, B Aishwarya and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. During its 254-day voyage (including stopovers), the vessel visited Australia, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands (UK), South Africa and Mauritius. The crew also collated and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and monitored and reported marine pollution on the high seas.

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