An all-woman crew of Indian Naval sailors have set sail from Goa to circumnavigate the globe, a first in the history of Indian Navy. The expedition named Sagar Parikrama will be covered in five legs, and have stop-overs at four ports – Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town in South Africa,
The six-member crew, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, will travel on the Naval Vessel INSV Tarini and is expected to complete the expedition in 8 months.
India’s first full-time female defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off the expedition and said that this was a historic day, which will be marked in navigation history. The crew members, before embarking on the historic voyage, also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wished them good luck and shared the photographs on his twitter account.