The All-women crew consisting of six officers sailing onboard INSV Tarini returned home successfully on 21st May 2018 after successfully circumnavigating the globe for over eight months in the 55 feet sailboat, the first ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.
The Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition was flagged off by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 10 September 2017 from INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa. The team led by Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi and crew comprising of Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr Swati P, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt S Vijaya Devi and Lt Payal Gupta covered a total of 21,980 nautical miles onboard INSV Tarini, a sailing vessel inducted into the Indian Navy on 18 February 2017. The crew returned to Goa with only four port calls in Fremantle, Australia, Lyttelton, New Zealand, Port Stanley, Falklands, Cape Town, South Africa and one forced technical halt at Port Louis, Mauritius.
Prior to the circumnavigation, the crew trained for nearly three years which included one year initial training under the watchful eyes of Capt Dilip Donde, India’s first solo circumnavigator. The crew was awarded Nari Shakti Puraskar on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 08 March 2018 by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind.