Round trip for fe­male crew

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A CREW of six fe­male In­dian naval of­fi­cers ar­rived in Fre­man­tle yes­ter­day for an of­fi­cial wel­come af­ter a his­tory-mak­ing jour­ney to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe in a sailing ship.

Greeted by Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia and Women’s In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk on board the In­dian Naval Sailing Ves­sel (INSV) Tarin, the port city is the only Aus­tralian stop on the jour­ney, which be­gan on Septem­ber 10 and is ex­pected to take eight months.

The crew has en­joyed some of the best Perth and Fre­man­tle have to of­fer, in­clud­ing Kings Park and Rot­tnest Is­land and ac­cord­ing to Mr Pa­palia the visit will hope­fully build tourism to the state from In­dia.

“I sin­cerely wel­come Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Var­tika Joshi and her crew to WA and com­mend them on un­der­tak­ing this his­toric jour­ney,” he said.

“This jour­ney is be­ing watched by mil­lions of peo­ple, in­clud­ing In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi who met the crew be­fore they set off and has tweeted about it to his 35.7 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

“We are grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to show In­dia, an emerg­ing tourism mar­ket, the won­ders of our state through the eyes of such a coura­geous and ground­break­ing group of women.”

Ms McGurk also wished the women well on their jour­ney, prais­ing their jour­ney.

“I can­not imag­ine how much brav­ery, let alone strength and tenac­ity, it would take to sail around the globe,” she said. “These women are he­roes.”

Belinda Cipri­ano

Women’s In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk with the crew.

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