July 20, 2019 | 12:12 PM IST

All-women crew of INSV Tarini to return home after 254 days of sailing

Crew of 6 women of the Indian Navy on board naval vessel INSV Tarini to return Goa on Monday after the successful completion of the circumnavigation of the globe for 254 days.  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will receive the naval officers on their arrival near Panaji. Defence Ministry on May 18 congratulated the crew on twitter for their remarkable feat. The expedition named 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' is led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and it is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew, the spokesperson added. Other crew members include Lt-Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, Payal Gupta, and S Vijaya Devi. The expedition was sailed with 6 stop-overs at Lyttleton (New Zealand), Fremantle (Australia), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa), and Mauritius.

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