In historical feet, an all-women crew of young Navy Officers is set to embark on a global journey. The journey, termed as ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ would be flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at 12.30 pm on September 10 at INS Mandovi Boat Pool, Verem, near Panaji, a press release issued by PIB said. The journey gains special significance as it is for the first time that an all women crew would be circumnavigating the globe on an Indian built sail boat, INSV Tarini. As per the Indianexpress.com, circumnavigation will finish around March 2018. The team would be sailing over many oceans during their journey, a naval spokesperson was reported as saying by Indianexpress.com. He added the entire distance will be covered in five legs and the crew will have stop overs at four ports for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary. As per the report, the ports where the crew will have stop overs are: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa), the spokesperson said. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also met the crew members and had wished the Navy officers.
“Met 6 bright officers of the Indian navy who are going to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini,” PM Narendra Modi had Tweeted. “Met Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi. Hailing from Uttarakhand, she has rich sailing experience and has led INSV Mhadei as well as INSV Tarini,” he had said. The Prime Minister also interacted with Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, who belongs to Himachal. Modi said Jamwal sailed from Goa to Port Blair, Goa to Mauritius, Goa to Cape Town.
Modi also met Lt Cdr P Swathi, who has sailed onboard INSV Mhadei. Swathi was a part in the recent Cape to Rio race, PM said. “With Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, who has sailed onboard INSV Tarini & Mhadei in 2017 and 2016 respectively. She belongs to Telangana,” Modi captioned a picture on his Twitter account. “Manipur’s Lt Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi has sailed extensively from 2014 onwards. We had a very good interaction,” Modi tweeted. “Discussed a wide range of issues with Lt. Payal Gupta. She belongs to the hill state of Uttarakhand and has distinguished herself as a sailor!” Modi said.