Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme, PM Narendra Modi recalled his meeting with six women Navy officers, who are due to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini. The Navy officers’ across the globe trip will be first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the world by an all-women crew. The prime minister had met the crew on August 16. “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 PM 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.
The prime minister 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 said. “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. Modi also wished the officers the very best for their endeavor.