Speaking on the occasion, Minister congratulated the team and said that INSV Tarini team is an inspiration for the future generation to excel in a sector that has historically not seen the participation of many women. She also added that Nari Shakti Puraskar is one step towards acknowledging the team for their exemplary courage and team spirit.
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, had conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskars on International Women’s Day (08th March 2018) in Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the INSV Tarini team was sailing then, the award could not be presented to the team.
The crew of the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel ‘Tarini’ is a part of the Indian Navy’s uniqueproject ‘Navika SagarParikrama’, an all-women team circumnavigating the globe, promoting ocean sailing activities in the Navy and depicting Government of India’s commitment towards women empowerment. Each crew member has minimum of 20,000 nautical miles sailing experience. The Project aims to demonstrate the thrust of Nari Shakti on the world platform. The voyage also showcased the ‘Make in India’ initiative by sailing on-board the indigenously built INSV Tarini.
The Six-member all-women team, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi circumnavigated and managed the whole operation in this first ever global journey. The voyage which lasted for 254 days,with 199 days at sea covered 21600 nautical miles, had 5 port calls in Fremantle, Australia; Lyttelton, New Zealand; Port Stanley, Falklands; Cape Town,South Africa and finally at Mauritius before returning home to Goa. All six members of the crew were trained for over three years under Captain Dilip Donde, who is also the first Indian to successfully carry out solo-circumnavigation of the globe between 2009 and 2010.
The women who showed exemplary courage and team spirit had to face strong winds of more than 60 knots and very high waves of upto 7 metres. The crew used an indigenously built INSV Tarini, a 55-foot sailing vessel. The vessel also encountered rough seas, high stormy conditions and severely cold temperatures making the expedition an extremely challenging one. Apart from successfully circumnavigating the globe on a 55-foot yacht, the crew also collated and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by Indian Meteorological Department and reported marine pollution on the high seas. They interacted extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the port halts to promote ocean sailing and spirit of adventure.
News Update |28 May 2018| Mount Deotibba Expedition-2018 now to encourage women of substance in India
All women high altitude expedition to Mount Deotibba (6001 Mtrs), which is located in Himachal Pradesh, is being organised by the Indian Navy from 28 May to 15 Jun 2018. The expedition was flagged off by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Chief of Personnel on 28 May 2018 from New Delhi. Lieutenant Commander Kokila Sajwan will be leading the team which comprises of 15 members including two base camp support staff.
Indian Navy had summitted Mt Everest in May 2017. The Service had previously launched the first successful expedition to Everest in 1965 and has been to the South & North poles in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Now, with culmination of Sagar-Parikarma, the circumnavigation around the globe by All Women Navy Team, Indian Navy seeks to achieve a similar feat on land by organising an ‘All Women Expedition to Mt Deotibba as a launch pad for scaling higher peaks including Everest in near future.
News Update | 1 June 2018| Crew members of Navika Sagar Parikrama calls on the President
The six women officers comprising the crew of INSV Tarini, who recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe, called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on June 1, 2018. Welcoming the women officers to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that the expedition they undertook was full of challenges – sailing across the world in the face of rough weather and rough seas and covering over 20,000 nautical-miles in 194 days of sailing. Their success exemplifies a never-give-up attitude, determination, teamwork, mental and physical fitness and professional excellence.
The President said the crew’s success is not just its own. It belongs to and inspires each girl child in our country. This success exemplifies the power of women.
The expedition aboard INSV Tarini was flagged off on September 10, 2017 from Goa and ended with the return to Goa on May 10, 2018. The vessel was skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprised Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, B Aishwarya and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.