Photos: INSV Tarini, with all-woman Navy crew, returns to Goa after circumnavigating globe

An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini returned to Goa on May 21, 2018, after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

| May 23, 2018, 23:14 PM IST

An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini returned to Goa on May 21, 2018, after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

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The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans and passed south of the three Great Capes - Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope.

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The expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

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INSV Tarini makes the final charge inside Mandavi river. Circumnavigation completed successfully.

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Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew comprising lt commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta covered a total of 21,980 nautical miles in INSV Tarini, inducted into the Indian Navy on February 18, 2017.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the crew at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji. The 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' expedition was flagged off on September 10, 2017.

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Photos courtesy - @indiannavy, @DefenceMinIndia

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