Navy’s women team embarks on circumnavigation of globe

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 09:06:25



Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who flagged off the expedition ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, calls it a “historic” day for the country

The six-member women crew will circumnavigate the globe in 165 days at sea on INSV Tarini, which is being skippered by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi


AN all-woman team of the Indian Navy on Sunday embarked on a circumnavigation of the globe, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calling it a “historic” day for the country.
The Minister flagged off the first such expedition by the Indian Navy, ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, at a ceremony at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool near here.
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.

“This is not an occasion which happens once in five years or once in 10 years. It’s a historic day for India and its navigation history. Globally, I think our women stand out for doing something which most navies haven’t even thought of,” Sitharaman said, addressing a gathering on the occasion. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were also present on the occasion.

Sitharaman termed Parrikar, a former Defence Minister, as an “inspiring political mentor”.
The Minister hailed the Navy for coming out with this ambitious and arduous initiative.

“It is an opportunity that no one easily gets to be amongst these inspired and motivated women. I appreciate the Navy for the initiative. I appreciate all the mentors who have been instrumental in inspiring, motivating and training these fascinating women.” Sitharaman expressed confidence that the female officers would succeed in their endeavour.

“It is not just an ordinary exercise. Their (crew members’) resolve and fortitude would be tested at every moment. I am sure we will have them back here after their voyage is successfully completed.” Later, Sitharaman told reporters, “Women are coming forward to join the forces due to their talent, skill and resolve. But whenever they require help, we are ready to provide it.”

Besides Lieutenant Commander Joshi, the other members of the Navika Sagar Parikrama team are Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lt. P Swathi, Lt. Vijaya Devi, Lt. Payal Gupta and Lt. B Aishwarya.