Indian Navy’s INSV Tarini, led by all-women crew has docked on the ports of Cape Town on the 2nd of March, completing the first four legs of its voyage. INSV Tarini is out to circumnavigate the globe with the first ever all women crew up on its decks.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.
The indigenously made Tarini is out on the rough seas to showcase the ‘Make in India‘ initiative on an International forum. The expedition titled Navika Sagar Parikrama is in accordance with the Indian policy to push women to their full potential. The voyage “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 managed to sail around the world overcoming rough seas, cold temperatures and high winds exceeding 60 knots and waves towering 7 meters.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.
INSV Tarini is likely to depart Cape Town on March 14 and return to Goa in April, on completion of the voyage.