Indian Navy’s all-women crew of INSV Tarini is on an eight-month long circumnavigation expedition of the globe and the six naval officers have bravely paved their ways through turbulent ocean waters and storm in the Pacific Ocean.

Six Indian Navy female officers boarded on a 55-foot naval yacht, the INSV Tarini and headed into the deep ocean for their eight-month circumnavigation of the globe, in September 2017. Naval officer Captain Vartika Joshi is the captain of INSV Tarini and the crew comprises lieutenant commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and lieutenant S Vijaya Devi, Aishwarya Boddapati and Payal Gupta. Started in September, the expedition will be covered in five legs with four stopovers. The crew has already stopped over Fremantle in Australia and Lyttleton in New Zealand. Next is a stopover in Port Stanley in Falkland Islands and then will head to final stop at Cape Town in South Africa and then back home in April.

 

However, deep oceans aren’t always welcoming and a new video has been released by Indian Navy showing the INSV Tarini battling through surging waves and pelting rain on their way to Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. The six brave women officers can be seen navigating choppy ocean waters amid a raging storm. As the naval vessel dips and tips alone amid deep Pacific Ocean, the crew members struggled to keep their balance, but ensured that the vessel made its way through turbulent waters and storm. While steering through the storm, one of the officers flashes the thumbs-up in the video signalling that all is well. They have made it safely through the storm, towards their next stop.

The expedition titled Navika Sagar Parikrama, is in consonance with India’s attempts to empower women and inspire young women of the country. Along the circumnavigation trip, the naval crew has been collecting and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data for accurate weather forecast by India meteorological department. The team will also be monitoring on ocean as well as air pollution and climatic factors like temperature for better prevention options.

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