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All-Women Navy Crew Returns To Goa After Completing Circumnavigation

Last year on September 10, six women Naval officers of the Navy came out for a circumnavigation of the globe through the sea. Lt Commander Vartika Joshi led the team to travel 26 thousand nautical mile. The journey which has been far from easy, was marked with tough weather conditions. Team came back to India today. Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcome these on the coast of Goa.

Indian Navy on board naval vessel INSV Tarini set out for sail on September 10, 2017, from Goa.  It is the first Indian all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe. The expedition named ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ is led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. The crew also included Lt-Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. The six women officers were trained under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe in 2009-2010.

Earlier on May 18, the Defence Ministry in a tweet congratulated the crew for their remarkable feat.

The crew is expected to be at INS Mandovi on Monday (May 21) and will be welcomed by Indian defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, when they step ashore. The vessel is being continuously monitored by the Indian officials and is approximately 320 nautical miles (roughly 592km) from Goa.

During the eight months and 11 days of the expedition, they sailed in six legs, with stop-overs at five ports, namely Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius. INSV Tarini sailed over 21,600 nautical miles, visited five countries, sailed across four continents, three oceans, passed south of three capes and crossed the Equator twice.

The all-women crew is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on May 23, where it will be felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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