- Navy's all-women crew on expedition braved raging storm in Pacific
- Onboard INSV Tarini, they showed exceptional skill to navigate their way
- The officers are part of the Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition
The all-women crew is sailing on a 55-foot yacht, the INSV Tarini, on their eight-month circumnavigation of the globe. According to the Navy, they showed exceptional daring and skill to navigate their way through the turbulent waters and rain.
The officers are part of the Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition, the first ever attempt by an all-women crew from India to sail around the globe.
The team is led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. They left from Goa in September and have made stops in Australia and New Zealand. After the Falkland Islands, they are to sail to South Africa before returning in March. The other officers are Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi, and Lieutenants Payal Gupta, Vijaya Devi and B Aishwarya.
The made-in-India INSV Tarini, built by Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa, was inducted into the Navy early this year.
During their journey, the officers have also collated meteorological, ocean and wave data and monitored marine pollution.
In October, he had also greeted the crew on Diwali through a video call.