Six female officers of Indian Navy have already left Indian Naval Base at Goa to sail across the globe in a historic naval voyage – INSV Tarini which is controlled by all-women crew! This is the first ever all-women crew from India to attempt circumnavigation!

Marking as a historic event, six women naval officers from India began their journey on Sunday from the INS Mandovi Naval base in Goa, to sail around the globe. Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, carrying all six brave ladies – Tarini’s skipper, Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and crew, Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, were flagged off by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for an 8-month long circumnavigation trip. Such events don’t happen every 5 or 10 years, and for India, this is the first time ever that an all-women crew is attempting circumnavigation mission – it is historic for the country.

All-woman Indian Navy crew begins circumnavigation effort aboard INSV TariniImage Source: Indian Navy

The expedition will consist of 5 legs with 4 stopover points at four international ports – Fremantle, Australia; Littleton, New Zealand; Port Stanley, the Falklands; and Cape town, South Africa. At these stopovers, the crew will stock up with rations, necessary repair and replenishments and are also scheduled to meet up Indian origin citizens in all four locations. In April, 2018, the crew will then return back to INS Mandovi base – from where they had left. This is a significant emblem showing how Indian women are empowering, becoming independent and more importantly proving that it is all about will and strength, not about which gender one belongs to.

All-woman Indian Navy crew begins circumnavigation effort aboard INSV TariniImage Source: Indian Navy

Oh and it isn’t a sail for fun girls trip! The officers will sail across three oceans – Indian, Pacific and Atlantic; and they will monitor and report about marine pollution on high seas, collate and updates on meteorology, ocean water and waves data as well as other weather-related information which will help the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in research and development. The crew will also encourage use of environment-friendly non-conventional renewable energy resources that affect the lives of women. The expedition will prove that sailing has nothing to do with gender, that the oceans don’t discriminate between genders – we should learn from the oceans and give up all the gender-biased conceptions we bury inside our consciences. We should rather move to a gender-balanced and a gender-neutral approach for better future.