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.
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