Indian Naval Heroes

Cdr Abhilash Tomy

On April 6, 2013, Indian Navy’s Cdr Abhilash Tomy wrote a new chapter in India’s rich Maritime history by becoming the first Indian to Circumnavigate the Earth under sails – solo, nonstop and unassisted. A maritime reconnaissance pilot by profession, he had set sail out of Mumbai on November 1, 2012, in the sail boat INSV Mhadei to undertake a voyage no Indian had attempted before and few had dreamt of. In fact, so far, less than 80 people in the world have successfully completed such a voyage. The entire voyage of approx 22 thousand nautical miles, crossing the Indian, Southern, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans was done using sails and the power of the wind, without touching any Port and without any outside assistance. His route, from West to East, took him South of the continents of Australia, South America and Africa, thus rounding the three ‘Great Capes’; Cape Leeuwin in Australia, Cape Horn in South America and Cape of Good Hope in Africa.During the voyage, he had to weather temperatures from 4 to 40° C, often battling winds of over 125 Kmph and 10 meter high waves. At times he was over 4000 Km from the nearest land, all alone with only his trustworthy boat and indomitable spirit to rely on. The feat of conquering the world on his own is what makes Cdr Abhilash Tomy stand out and is a shining example of “ You can achieve anything in the world if you believe in yourself.”

Ladakh Ultramarathon – 2016 (111 Km)

There comes a time when you push your body to do things which seems impossible but only your mind knows you can. To run 111 kms itself is a challenge, but to try and run it at one of the most inhospitable terrains in the world is a whole new world altogether. Not deterred by the physical and mental strain that they would have to put their body through, Captain Rajesh Wadhwa, Commander Sunil Handa, Commander Navneet Nagi, Lieutenant Commander Kanishka Chandel, Lieutenant Amit Kumar and Petty Officer Hari Om, became the first official team from the Indian Navy to take part in the ultra marathon. For acclimatization the team decided to do the Markha Valley trek with a climb of Kang Yatse II. One of the highlights of this hike to get used to altitude was doing yoga at elevation. The race began on the night of August 11 in Diskit, which made the run more challenging. Altogether, four members of the Indian Navy team – Hari Om (19:04 hours), Cdr. Sunil (19:20), Lt. Amit (19:30) and Capt. Rajesh (19:33) – completed the 111km-race, the navy’s first official participation as a team in an ultramarathon. With a team now in place, the Navy plans to participate in more ultra marathons.  

Indian Navy Everest Expedition – 2017

09 members of the Indian Navy Everest expedition summited the worlds highest peak in May 17, thereby marking another glorious chapter in the history of the Indian Navy. Lieutenant Shashank Tiwari, Lieutenant Anant Kukreti ,Lieutenant Commander Bikas Maharana and Lieutenant Commander CS Yadav from Team A planted the Naval Ensign on Mt Everest on 21 May 17 at 0715 hrs . Five members from Team B successfully summited Mt Everest, 8848 m at 0730 hrs on 27 May 17. The summit team comprised of Lt Cdr Hari Prasath,  Hari Om Petty Officer, Sandeep Singh LPT, Ashish Gupta LA AH and Avinash Bhawane MA I. It was on March 23, 2017 that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba had flagged off this 24-member expedition team to Mount Everest, themed ‘Sagartal Se Sagarmatha’, meaning from seabed to summit. First, the Naval Ensign was taken to the bottom of sea by diving off the coast of Karwar and now it was placed on the highest point on Earth, thus signifying the Navy’s efforts to soar from the depths of the ocean to the highest peak of the world. The team faced continuous bad weather and heavy winds, however none of that could deter them from summiting the worlds highest peak.


  On 10 Sep 17, Six female officers of the Indian Navy began a historic journey that will test their combined endurance and sailing skills. The six women left aboard the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini on a circumnavigation effort that will see the officers spend more than 200 days at sea.This is the first time in India’s history that an all-woman crew is attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today flagged off 55-foot INSV Tarini from the INS Mandovi naval training base in Goa, bidding adieu to Tarini’s skipper, Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and crew, Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Commander P Swathi, Lieutenant S Vijaya Devi, Lieutenant B Aishwarya and Lieutenant Payal Gupta. Retired naval officer Captain Dilip Dhonde, who undertook India’s first solo around-the-world expedition in 2009-10, mentored the crew. The team sailed twice to Mauritius and once to Cape Town in preparation for the circumnavigation. Their journey will feature stops in Australia, New Zealand, the Falkland islands and South Africa. They are expected to return to Goa in March next year.