On the day of Holi, the all-women crew of naval
vessel INSV Tarini entered the Cape Town in South Africa during its maiden
voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
. The crew was welcomed by the
Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille and other dignitaries.
Besides, the day was memorable
as the crew members celebrated Holi.
The indigenously-built INSV
Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which showcases the 'Make in India'
initiative on the International forum. The expedition is titled 'Navika Sagar
An all-women crew leading the
Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini today docked at a port in Cape Town in
South Africa, during the last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the
globe, the Navy said.
The expedition is being covered
in five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand,
Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town in South Africa.
After reaching Cape Town, the
vessel has covered the first four legs of its voyage.
The crew encountered rough seas
and extremely cold temperature coupled with stormy weather conditions, making
the circumnavigation highly daunting, the Navy said in a statement.
The vessel's passage through the
Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans so far, has witnessed winds in excess of 60
knots and waves up to 7 metres high.
This is the first-ever Indian
circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
The vessel is skippered by
Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant
Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B
Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on September 10.
The vessel has covered 1,75,00
nautical miles from Goa, crossing the equator on September 25, Cape Leeuwin,
the southernmost part of Western Australia, on November 9, and Cape Horn off
Chile on January 19 this year.
The indigenously-built INSV
Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy
earlier this year, and showcases the 'Make in India' initiative on the
"The expedition titled Navika
Sagar Parikrama, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to
attain their full potential.
It also aims to showcase Nari
Shakti on the world platform and help in transforming societal attitudes and
mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in
challenging environs," the Navy said.
The crew has also been collating
and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for
accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department, as also monitoring
marine pollution on the high seas.
They would interact extensively
with the local populace, especially children, during the port halt to promote
Ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure.
INSV Tarini is likely to depart
Cape Town on March 14 and return to Goa in April, on completion of the voyage.