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PM meets all-woman navy crew setting out August-end to sail around the world

The crew will begin their voyage in a 55-foot vessel, Tarini, from Goa and is expected to return in March 2018 after completing the circumnavigation.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2017 20:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Narendra Modi,navy crew,Goa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the crew in New Delhi. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.(Navby handout)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met a six-woman navy crew that is preparing to circumnavigate the globe on sailing vessel Tarini.

The crew will begin their voyage in the 55-foot vessel in August-end from Goa and is expected to return in March 2018 after completing the circumnavigation.

The navy has called the expedition Navika Sagar Parikrama.

A navy spokesperson said the journey will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at four ports -- Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. Tarini has been built indigenously, and was inducted in the navy earlier this year.

“Prime Minister wished the women crew well, and said he would keep track of their progress around the world. He exhorted them to project India’s capabilities and strengths across the world. He also encouraged them to write and share their experiences, after the successful completion of the voyage,” the navy said.

Captained by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, other crew members are Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 20:08 IST