In pictures: Indian Navy women arrive home after circling the globe

Updated: May 21, 2018, 05:02 PM(IST)

The women took 254 days to it. The voyage was made on the INSV Tarini, a 56-foot sailboat

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The all-women crew of the Indian Navy on board naval vessel INSV Tarini returned to Goa on Monday after the successful completion of the circumnavigation of the globe for eight months.

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The lady officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi are the first ever Indian all-women crew to sail around the world.The expedition with Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta has covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Made in India sailing vessel INSV Tarini.

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The sailing vessel is named after the Tara-Tarini hill shrine in Ganjam district of Odisha. In Sanskrit, Tarini means boat and savior.Tara-Tarini is the traditional patron deity for sailors and merchants of ancient Odisha. The deity is worshipped for safety and success at sea. And safely and successfully is what these six ladies of the Indian Navy have accomplished in their journey sailing around the world in 254 days.

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She was flagged in by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in Goa.

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The experiences of the crew exemplified perfectly by the last few days at sea seeing the crew escorted home by a shark whale and her babies.

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In eight months, since they set off, the crew has sailed from Goa to Australia, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands, Cape Town, Mauritius and back home.

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"India's maritime narrative adds one more glorious chapter to its illustrious legacy as the six courageous women of Team Tarini sail into Goa this evening. It is a staggering achievement at many levels - for the Indian Navy that conceived and steered the initiative, for Indian women who just broke one more glass ceiling, for those involved with the Odyssey for daring to dream big, for the global and Indian sailing fraternity which has new entrants to its Hall of Fame," Lanba added.

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"But, above all this is a stupendous achievement for every Indian. There are some days when we are all one. Today, India is Team Tarini. We are all sailors. And the Indian Flag and Naval Ensign flutters high and proud," he said.

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They sailed across four continents, three Oceans, visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice.All pictures - Indian Navy

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