Indian Navy's all-women crew set for first ever circumnavigation trip

Before this Dilip Donde and Abhilash Tomy the two Indian Navy officers who took the challenge and completed a solo circumnavigation around the world.    

Published: 18th August 2017 12:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2017 12:44 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After giving a challenge to the world by undertaking the circumnavigation at the global level, the six superwomen of Indian Navy (IN) is set to sail on the toughest southern ocean of the world. It will be the first Indian all-woman army team and the first Asian women team to take this adventure.

Before this Dilip Donde and Abhilash Tomy the two Indian Navy officers who took the challenge and completed a solo circumnavigation around the world.    

The team of six daring woman Lieutenant Vartika Joshi is the captain of the team, Pratibha Jamwal and P. Swathi, Aishwarya Bhoopati, S.Vijaya and Payal Gupta are ready to go around the globe by sailing the ship from the first week of September in Goa. For the first time, women crew will roam the toughest region of the southern region and will cover more than 21,000 nautical miles across the globe.

The woman crew- Navika Sagar Parikrama mission has been encouraged by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day.

“It’s a pride moment for us because earlier we did a seven-month trip and this time we are going far further to the toughest region but we will go fearless as the PM Modi supported us a lot. He has also asked that at each point the feedback should be sent to him” said Lieutenant Vijaya.

This time the crew are prepared to sail Indian Navy Saily Vessel (INSV)Tarini, sister vessel of Maidei. The 17 meter long boat is the second sail boat of in which has been built by the Goa aquariums shipyard.

The entire team will cover the five countries Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa) and also covering 4 ports whey will stop. “The longest part which we have to cover is from New Zealand to Falklands, which will take at least 43 days to complete.

“We will carry laptops and lots of books for entertainment purpose. Other that we have been trained very perfectly that how tackle the emergency situation during the journey. Also our boat is equipped with well technologies and GPS track system by which it will indicate the team where we are sailing” said Vartika leading the team.

Further adding she said, “Our boat will have 600-litre water and RO plant which can store 30 litre of water. Other than this we cannot take liquid ration as we do not have refrigerator facility so we will take dry ration” she said.

The Six woman team which will be the first in the entire world proudly expressed that, “It is a dignity and a great opportunity for to work for the nation. During this journey, we may face toughest of the toughest situation but we will face and tackle the situation as we have learnt the things from scratch and trained for two years” proudly said.

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