Navika Sa­gar Parikrama – Tarini en­ters Fre­man­tle

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

INSV Tarini en­tered Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia) port dur­ing it’s maiden voy­age to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe. This is the first-ever In­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by an all-women crew. The ves­sel is skip­pered by Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Var­tika Joshi, and the crew com­prises Lieu­tenant Com­man­ders Prat­i­bha Jamwal, P. Swathi, and Lieu­tenants S. Vi­jaya Devi, B. Aish­warya and Payal Gupta.

INSV Tarini was flagged-off from Goa by De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man on Septem­ber 10, 2017. The ves­sel has cov­ered 4800 Nau­ti­cal miles from Goa, cross­ing the Equa­tor on Septem­ber 25. 2017 and the Tropic of Capri­corn on Oc­to­ber 6, 2017. The in­dige­nously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sail­ing ves­sel, which was in­ducted in the In­dian Navy ear­lier this year, and show­cases the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive on the In­ter­na­tional fo­rum.

The ves­sel would re­turn to Goa in April 2018, on com­ple­tion of the voy­age. The ex­pe­di­tion is be­ing cov­ered in five legs, with stopovers at 4 ports: Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia), Lyt­tle­ton (New Zealand), Port Stan­ley (Falk­lands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

The crew has also been col­lat­ing and up­dat­ing me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal, ocean and wave data on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for ac­cu­rate weather fore­cast by In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment, as also mon­i­tor­ing marine pol­lu­tion on the high seas. They would in­ter­act ex­ten­sively with the lo­cal pop­u­lace, dur­ing the port halt to pro­mote ocean sail­ing and the spirit of ad­ven­ture.

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