New Delhi, Jan 11: India Navy’s first all-women sailing crew displayed immense skill recently while braving a storm in the Pacific Ocean on board the INSV Tarini. The six women naval officers on INSV Tarini, trained at Ocean Sailing Node, braved their way through the storm in the Pacific Ocean while on the way to Falkland Islands on January 8.Also Read - Hurricane Ian: After Leaving Swaths Of Destruction In Florida, Storm Hits South Carolina
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The all-women crew under Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi had left from Goa for their historic journey in September 2017. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged off INSV Tarini from Goa on September 10 and since then, the vessel has covered over 7,800 Nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator, Western Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and New Zealand. It will next make stops at Falkland Islands and South Africa before its scheduled return in April.
The expedition, titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform and help revolutionalise the societal mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environment.