Indian Navy’s first all-women crew crosses Cape Horn

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off the 56-foot vessel from Goa on September 10.

Cape Horn (Chile), January 19:  On 19th January, 2018 the first all-women crew of Indian Navy successfully crossed the notoriously rough Drake Passage, and rounded Cape Horn off the Southern tip of South America, often called the Mount Everest of sailing.

Congratulating the team, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Wonderful news! Delighted that INSV Tarini has rounded Cape Horn in the last few hours. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

The six-member crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, was flagged-off from Goa on 10th September last year by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The team led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, was trained in the Ocean Sailing Node at Goa. They are also involved in the collection of meteorological, ocean and wave data as well as monitoring marine pollution during the course of their journey.

The four scheduled stop points of the five-leg expedition are: Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton, Port Stanley and Cape Town. The 56-foot vessel reached Lyttelton in New Zealand early last month after their first stop in Australia. Titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, the expedition is in line with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential and aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on a global platform. They are expected to return to Goa in April, 2018.


Source: NDTV, DNA India


Defence Minister to flag off Indian Navy women crew’s circumnavigation expedition

On Sunday, September 10, the newly appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will flag off the very first attempt of the Indian Navy women crew to circumnavigate the globe in Panaji.

According to a release issued by the Press Information Bureau, the women crew will be managing the whole operation on a sailing vessel in the first-ever global journey. It also stated that the flagging off of ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ will be held at INS Mandovi Boat Pool, Verem, near Panaji.

In the circumnavigation that will finish in March 2018, the crew will be circumnavigating on an Indian built sail boat, INSV Tarini, reported The India Express.

INSV Tarini is the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei, a sail boat that was used by naval officer Dilip Donde to undertake a solo circumnavigation in 2009-10.

A naval spokesperson said that the entire distance will be covered in five legs and the crew will have stopovers at four ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa), for repairs and replenishment of ration.

As per the reports, this project is being considered essential towards promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.

Sources: India Today, The India Express

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