PANAJI: The all woman-crew commanding the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini on Monday arrived here after successfully circumnavigating the globe for eight months.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman received the six-member team along with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lamba.
The INSV Tarini is the first Indian all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe, led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi. The crew comprises of Lieutenant P Swathi, Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal (Air Traffic Control specialists), Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta (both Education officers) and Lieutenant B Aishwarya, a Naval Architect.
Lt. S Vijaya Devi, Seamanship officer of INSV Tarini talks about how they were welcomed as per Maori cultural traditions at Lyttelton port, New Zealand. #WelcomeHomeTarini @nsitharaman @PIB_India @MIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/cTRzR20NtC— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) May 21, 2018
Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati, Engineering Officer of INSV Tarini speaks about the marine life & scenic views experienced by the crew in the South Pacific Ocean. #WelcomeHomeTarini @nsitharaman @PIB_India @MIB_India @indiannavy @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/mG8bnoI0Ed— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) May 21, 2018
The expedition was covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports - Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands and Cape Town in South Africa.