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India's first all-woman crew on circumnavigation of globe arrives in Australia

INSV Tarini with its team of six women officers arrived at Fremantle Australia after sailing for 43 days to complete the first leg of the Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition, the first-ever attempt by an all-woman Indian team of the Navy to circumnavigate the globe.

The crew is covering 21,600 nautical miles around the world in eight months and will return to Verem, Goa from where they cast off. The 17-metre yacht, INSV Tarini has been built in Goa at Divar by Aquarius Shipyard. The circumnavigation will be covered in five legs, with four stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) and Cape Town (South Africa).

The six women have been trained in repairing onboard equipment, communication, weather prediction and ocean navigation.

The crew which is led by skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi includes Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Commander Swathi P., Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.




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