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Two Uttarakhand Indian Navy women among 6-member crew set to cross ‘seven seas’

by Abhay Aswal
Sep 11, 2017

An all-women Indian Navy crew will set for sail from Goa in an historic attempt to circumnavigate the world. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi from Uttarakhand,  six-member crew will sail the ‘seven seas’ in a historic 8-month voyage christened as ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’. Dehradun’s Payal Gupta is another Uttarakhand women in the crew along with Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr P Swathi, Lt Aishwarya Boddapati, Lt Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi; from Himachal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Manipur respectively.

A Uttarakhand native from Pauri district of Garhwal and currently residing in Rishikesh, Vartika Joshi completed her education from Srinagar and Rishikesh. Having led INSV Mhadei as well as INSV Tarini before, she has a rich sailing experience under her belt. She will lead this around-the-world mission. A distinguished sailor herself, Payal Gupta resides in Dehradun. After completing her engineering from Dehradun, she joined Indian Navy because, apparently, a 9-5 computer job isn’t really her type.

Navika Sagar Parikrama: A Historic Voyage

The historic mission will commence from Panaji in Goa and would conclude on March 2018, covering approximately 22,000 nautical miles in total. The 17-meter sailboat INVS Tarini would be refueled at 4 different ports along its route.  This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The crew on board INSV Tarini was flagged off by newly-appointed Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman along the presence of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar on Sunday. Earlier, PM Modi met the six sailor before their journey and wished them safe and successful journey ahead.

Inputs from Indian Express

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