New Delhi, May 22: The all-women crew of INS Tarini has now returned to Goa after circumnavigating globe for nearly eight months. A team of six naval officers — Pratibha Jamwal, Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta — landed at Mandovi in Goa after sailing all around the globe in 254 days. Notably, this is the first ever circumnavigation by an all-women crew on board INS Tarini for the expedition named ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’.Also Read - RBI Slaps Rs 1 Crore Penalty on State of India Over Non-Compliance

Welcoming the all-women team, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she was honoured to welcome the team back in India. “Salute to skipper Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and her crew – Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta on their return from expedition – Navika Sagar Parikrama on 21 May 2018,” tweeted Defence Spokesperson Twitter handle. Also Read - Kerala Floods: Over 6 Dead, Many Missing As Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc, Sabarimala Pilgrimage Deferred | 10 Points

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‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ began September 10, 2017. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi led the team of five naval officers and began the expedition. “It is a staggering achievement at many levels – for the @indiannavy that conceived & steered the initiative, for Indian women who just broke one more glass ceiling, for all those involved with the odyssey for daring to dream,’ the Navy tweeted.

“India’s maritime narrative adds one more glorious chapter to its illustrious legacy as the six courageous women of #TeamTarini sail into Goa this evening,” it further said in another tweet.