Pune 08 June (PCP NEWS NEW DELHI): Women’s from Indian Navy created history by sailing INSV Tarini with all women’s crew to the harbor of Port Louis at Mauritius, as part efforts by the two countries to ramp up maritime security cooperation.
The keel for Tarini was laid by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Aquarius Shipyard on 27 March 2016. The boat was delivered to the navy prior to the scheduled date. She successfully completed her sea trials on 30 January 2017. Several improvements were incorporated in this ship based on experience gained from operating INSV Mhadei.
INSV Tarini is 55 feet in length and 25 meter tall, and it is built in India in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Navy. It has begun a new chapter in the history of ocean sailing by Indian women, wherein the first Indian all-woman crew of IN would endeavor to circumnavigate the globe in August. Tarini is similar to her predecessor, the INSV Mhadei, which has traveled over 115,000 nautical miles during her eight years of service, the Navy said in a statement.
The Statement further says that, the vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, who hails from Uttrakhand and also a Naval Architect, with the all-woman naval officer crew comprising Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenants P Swathi, Vijaya Devi, Payal Gupta and B Aishwarya. On its maiden sea voyage, Tarini is a sister vessel of the Navy’s first sailing vessel INSV Mhadei, and was inducted into the Indian Navy in February.
INSV Tarini is a cruising sloop built at the Aquarius Shipyard in Divar, Goa. The vessel was handed over to the Indian Navy on 18 February 2017, christened INSV Tarini, after the Tara Tarini temple. Tarini’s hull is built of wood-core and fiberglass sandwich. The boat has six sails, including main sail, Genoa, stay, downwind and storm sail. She is capable of sailing in extreme conditions. PCP/DJ 11 30