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All-women Indian Navy crew returns to Goa after historic circumnavigation (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

INSV Tarini completed circumnavigation
An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

About Navika Sagar Parikrama
The ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ expedition was flagged off on September 10, 2017.

The six women officers were trained for the project under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe between August 19, 2009, and May 19, 2010, onboard the Indian-built vessel INSV Mhadei.

A Navy spokesperson said the expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope.

(Adapted from Times of India)

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