Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will flag off the Indian Navy women crew's attempt to circumnavigate the globe from Goa, tomorrow.
An all-women crew will be managing the whole operation on a sailing vessel in the first-ever global journey, said a release issued by the Press Information Bureau.
"The flagging off of 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' would be held at the hands of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at 12.30 pm on September 10 at INS Mandovi Boat Pool, Verem, near Panaji," it said.
The crew would be circumnavigating the globe on an Indian built sail boat, INSV Tarini. The circumnavigation will finish around March 2018. The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.
#Lt Cde Vartika Joshi is from Uttrakhand. She has been a captain of INSV Mhadei and INSV Tarini earlier.
#Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal from Himachal has sailed from Goa to Port Blair, Goa to Mauritius and Goa to Cape Town.
#Cdr P Swathi from Andhra Pradesh took part in biggest transatlantic inter-continental oceanic race and sailed from Cape Town to Rio De Janeiro in 2017 and has sailed on-board INSV Mhadei
#Lt Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi from Manipur has sailed extensively since 2014.
#Lt Aishwarya Boddapati from Telengana has sailed onboard INSV Tarini in 2017 and INSV Mhadei in 2016.
#Lt Payal Gupta from Uttarakhand is a distinguished sailor.
During this time, the team would be sailing over many oceans, a naval spokesman said. The entire distance will be covered in five legs and the crew will have stopovers at four ports for replenishment of ration and repairs, as necessary, he said.
The ports where the crew will have stopovers are: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa), the spokesman said.