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INSV Tarini enters Lyttelton port in New Zealand as part of global circumnavigation voyage

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Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, with an all-women crew, entered Lyttelton port in New Zealand today as part of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
 
The vessel had set out from Fremantle port in Australia on the second leg of its journey on November 6.
 
The historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. 
 
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on September 10. It has covered 7800 nautical miles from Goa, crossing the equator on September 25 and Cape Leeuwin on November 9.
 
The indigenously-built INSV Tarini is a 56-foot sailing vessel, which was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year, and showcases the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the International forum.
 
An official press release said the expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the national policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’ on the world platform and help revolutionise societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environs.
  
The vessel will return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at four ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). 
 
Presently, the vessel has covered two of the five legs of the voyage, with the first port halt at Fremantle (Australia) in October.
 
The crew has also been collating and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitoring marine pollution on the high seas. They would interact extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the port halts to promote ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure.
 
The vessel is likely to depart Lyttelton on December 12.
 
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