Navika Sa­gar Parikrama - Tarini en­ters Lyt­tel­ton

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INSV Tarini en­tered Lyt­tel­ton port (New Zealand) on Novem­ber 29 dur­ing it’s maiden voy­age to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe. This is the first-ever In­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by an all­women 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.

De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on Septem­ber 10, 2017. The ves­sel has cov­ered 7,800 nau­ti­cal miles from Goa, cross­ing the Equa­tor on Septem­ber 25, 2017, and Cape Leeuwin on Novem­ber 9, 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 ex­pe­di­tion ti­tled ‘Navika Sa­gar Parikrama’, is in con­so­nance with the Na­tional pol­icy to em­power women to at­tain their full po­ten­tial. It also aims to show­case ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world plat­form and help rev­o­lu­tionise so­ci­etal at­ti­tudes and mind­set to­wards women in In­dia by rais­ing vis­i­bil­ity of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in chal­leng­ing en­vi­rons.

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 four ports: Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia), Lyt­tle­ton (New Zealand), Port Stan­ley (Falk­lands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Presently, the ves­sel has cov­ered two of the five legs of the voy­age, with the first port halt at Fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia) in Oc­to­ber.

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 (IMD), as also mon­i­tor­ing ma­rine pol­lu­tion on the high seas. They would in­ter­act ex­ten­sively with the lo­cal pop­u­lace, es­pe­cially chil­dren, dur­ing the port halt to pro­mote Ocean sail­ing and the spirit of ad­ven­ture.

INSV Tarini is likely to de­part Lyt­tel­ton, New Zealand, on De­cem­ber 12, 2017.

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