India’s first ever all-women global circumnavigation expedition, sailing the global waters for past nine months, re-entered the Indian waters earlier this week, after completing the ambitious mission.
The team of six Indian women naval officers was recently shot at sea near India’s southern Kerala’s Kochi region. In a few days, the vessel will reach at the shores of Goa, making it a successful mission, first-ever circumnavigation by a crew of consisting of only Indian women.
The crew is expected to be at INS Mandovi on Monday (May 21) and will be welcomed by Indian defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, when they step ashore. The vessel is being continuously monitored by the Indian officials and is approximately 320 nautical miles (roughly 592km) from Goa.
The crew of the naval officers had embarked on their 165-day expedition on September 10, 2017. During this period they visited Fremantle, Australia, then Lyttelton in New Zealand, followed by the visits at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and Cape Town in South Africa. During the trip they made an unscheduled halt at Port Louis in Mauritius for repair some emergency repair works.
As part of their training, the crew went on three voyages in the last three years: two to Mauritius and one to Cape Town, according to local media reports. The crew is sailing on 55-foot long Indian Navy Sailing Vessel ‘Tarini’ (Emancipator), which they used for their voyage to Cape Town.