The all-women crew of the Indian Navy vessel INSV Tarini has successfully completed the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe.
The circumnavigation, known as ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, was planned by a team of several naval personnel, who worked behind the scenes from the time of the idea’s inception through to its implementation.
INSV Tarini was constructed indigenously and helmed by Indian Navy lieutenant commander Vartika Joshi during the voyage.
Its crew members comprised lieutenant commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi, as well as lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
Joshi said: “We knew at the very start of this voyage that we had a daunting task ahead.
“However, the many challenges we encountered brought in a new-found strength from within, which we ourselves never knew we were capable of.”
INSV Tarini covered more than 22,000 nautical miles (nm) as part of the expedition and visited a total of five countries, namely Australia, New Zealand, the UK’s Falkland Islands, South Africa and Mauritius.
The Indian Navy vessel met all the necessary circumnavigation criteria during the voyage, including crossing the Equator twice, in addition to crossing all longitudes and the three great capes, which are known as Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope.
INSV Tarini is a 56ft-long sailing boat that was originally inducted into service with the Indian Navy in February last year.
The Indian Navy laid the keel for the vessel on 27 March 2016 at the M/s Aquarius Shipyard, where the construction was overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa.
The navy is currently operating four sailing vessels capable of open-ocean deployments, which are named Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini respectively.