Defence Minister flagged off Navy women’s team voyage from Goa for circumnavigation


An all-woman team of the Indian Navy has embarked on a circumnavigation of the globe. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calling it a “historic” day for the country. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were also present on the occasion. The minister flagged off the first such expedition by the Indian Navy, ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, at a ceremony at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool. The six-member women crew will circumnavigate the globe on an India-built sail boat, INSV Tarini, which is being skippered by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi. The circumnavigation is to be covered in about 165 days at sea. During this voyage, Tarini will call at the ports of Fremantle in Australia, Lyttelton in New Zealand), Port Stanley in Falklands and Cape Town in South Africa.