Captained by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Indian Navy inducted INSV Tarini with an all-women crew to sail her. This will be Indian Navy’s second saild boat with all women crew.
However it will be the first vessel for “First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe,” which is slated to begin in August 2017.
The other crew members include Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Payal Gupta and Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, who will carry out the expedition has covered a voyage from India to Mauritius and back, and Goa to Cape Town “braving through rough monsoon seas and heavy winds.
The Indian Navy said,
“The Indian Navy is operating four sailboats – Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini – which will be capable of open ocean deployments, the statement said. All four vessels have been built at shipyards in Goa. The Navy is also looking to induct four 40 feet, state-of-the-art open ocean racing sailboats.”
The vessel was inducted in Navy at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool and along with Admiral Lanba, other senior Naval Officers were also present. The boat has gone through extensive trials which were completed on January 30.