Starting From Tomorrow, India's First All-Women Naval Crew Will Set Sail For A World Expedition
Come Sunday and six naval officers will embark upon a world mission - a first-of-its-kind circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew of the Indian Navy. Backed by the PM Narendra Modi's blessings to "Project India's capabilities and strengths across the world," the mission will be led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi.
The "revolutionary" project will see women take control of an important mission which would inspire many others across the country.
The voyage is set to begin in Goa, on a 17-metre (56-foot) yacht "Tarini". The yacht was commissioned by the Indian Navy in February for this mission. The preparations for the journey were put into motion in 2014.
The expedition will make stops in Australia, New Zealand, the Falkland islands, and South Africa. The crew is expected to return to Goa in March 2018.
Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal told the AFP, "For me, it's a matter of conquering a feat that has been achieved by a chosen few."
The all-female crew was monitored by the retired naval officer, Captain Dilip Dhonde. He went on India's first solo around-the-globe voyage in 2009-10.