Ex­pe­di­tion for Cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the Globe

Navika sa­gar Parikrama is the first-ever in­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by an all-women crew. they will be­gun their voy­age from Goa, and ex­pect to re­turn to Goa in March 2018, af­ter com­plet­ing the cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion.


Rear Ad­mi­ral Sushil Ram­say (Retd)

Avika Sa­gar Parikrama is a project con­ceived for the women of­fi­cers of the in­dian navy to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe on board in­dian-built sail boat, in­dian naval sail­ing Ves­sel (insV) tarini. this is the first ever in­dian cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by an all-women crew. insV tarini is the sis­ter ves­sel of insV Mhadei. the project was de­signed to pro­mote the spirit of ad­ven­tur­ism in the in­dian navy through oceanic sail­ing ex­pe­di­tions. the de­ci­sion to as­sign this ex­pe­di­tion to an all women of­fi­cers of the in­dian navy was con­sid­ered es­sen­tial to pro­mote ocean sail­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the navy while de­pict­ing the thrust of Gov­ern­ment of in­dia for Ônari shak­tiÕ.

the cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion ex­pe­di­tion is not new to the In­dian Navy, as the first In­dian solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion was un­der­taken by cap­tain Dilip Donde, shau­rya chakra (retd) from Au­gust 19, 2009, to May 19, 2010, on­board the in­dian built ves­sel, insV Mhadei. There­after the first In­dian non-stop solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion was un­der­taken by com­man­der Ab­hi­lash tomy, Kirti chakra from novem­ber 10, 2012, to March 13, 2013.

the crew of insV tarini com­prises Lieu­tenant com­man­der Var­tika Joshi, Lieu­tenant com­man­der Prat­i­bha Jamwal, Lieu­tenant com­man­der P. swathi, Lieu­tenant Aish­warya Bod­da­p­ati, Lieu­tenant Vi­jaya Devi and Lieu­tenant Payal Gupta. the all­women crew have trained ex­ten­sively for the on­go­ing ex­pe­di­tion. they have sailed ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 nm on­board insV Mhadei and tarini as part of train­ing, which in­cluded two ex­pe­di­tions to Mau­ri­tius dur­ing 2016 and 2017, and a voy­age from Goa to Cape Town in De­cem­ber 2016.

insV tarini, is a 55-foot sail­ing ves­sel which was built by Aquarius ship­yard Pri­vate Ltd, Goa. tarini was in­ducted into the in­dian navy on fe­bru­ary 18, 2017. the ves­sel has sailed ap­prox­i­mately 8,000 nm till she set sail. navika sa­gar Parikrama would be cov­ered in five legs with stop-overs at four ports for re­plen­ish­ment of ra­tion and es­sen­tial re­pairs as nec­es­sary. the es­ti­mated dates for the voy­age are as fol­lows:

● Goa to fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia): septem­ber 10, 2017-Oc­to­ber 12, 2017

● fre­man­tle (Aus­tralia) to Lyt­tel­ton (new Zealand): Oc­to­ber 25, 2017-novem­ber 16, 2017

● Lyt­tel­ton (new Zealand) to Port stan­ley (falk­lands): novem­ber 23, 2017-De­cem­ber 28, 2017 ● Port stan­ley (falk­lands) to cape town (south Africa): Jan­uary 10, 2018-fe­bru­ary 8, 2018

● cape town (south Africa) to Goa: fe­bru­ary 21, 2018-April 4, 2018

The Bon Voy­age

De­fence Min­is­ter nir­mala sithara­man flagged-off INSV Tarini at Goa from INS Man­dovi Boat Pool on septem­ber 10, 2017. The flag-off cer­e­mony was at­tended by Manohar Par­rikar, chief Min­is­ter of Goa, Ad­mi­ral su­nil Lanba, the chief of the naval Staff, Vice Ad­mi­ral A.R. Karve Flag Of­fi­cer com­mand­ing-in-chief, south­ern naval com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral r. Hari Ku­mar, con­troller, Per­son­nel ser­vices, in­te­grated Head­quar­ters, Min­istry of De­fence (navy) be­sides other se­nior naval re­tired and serv­ing of­fi­cials and civil­ian dig­ni­taries.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony at Goa, the De­fence Min­is­ter said, Òthis is a his­toric day for the coun­try, which will be marked in the navigation his­tory of the world, and glob­ally our women are go­ing to stand out for some­thing which most navies of the world would not have even thought of.Ó she fur­ther added, Òfor this ini­tia­tive i ap­pre­ci­ate the in­dian navy and the men­tors for in­spir­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and train­ing these brave and coura­geous women.Ó she ex­pressed her ab­so­lute plea­sure for be­ing present at the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion and felt hon­oured to be amongst the crew and wished them a suc­cess­ful voy­age.

the chief of the naval staff, Ad­mi­ral su­nil Lanba ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at con­tin­u­a­tion of the legacy of in­dian navyÕs Ocean sail­ing ex­pe­di­tions which com­menced in 1988 with ex­pe­di­tion Ôsamu­draÕ. this was fol­lowed by first solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion by cap­tain Dilip Donde (retd) and non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe by com­man­der Ab­hi­lash tomy re­sult­ing in in­dia join­ing a se­lect group of nine na­tions which have achieved such feats. He said that the present cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion by an all women crew is an ex­ten­sion of the above ef­forts and re­flec­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts at Women Em­pow­er­ment – ‘Nari Shakti’.

(Top) The crew of INSV Tarini with De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man, Chief Min­is­ter of Goa Manohar Par­rikar and Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba; (above) INSV Tarini sail­ing in Ara­bian Sea.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS: In­dian Navy

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