Fact Box: Navika Sagar Parikrama
The project is expected to promote Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Union Government's thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.
Navika Sagar Parikrama is a project wherein a team of women officers of the Indian Navy will go around the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini. INSV Tarini is the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei.
• This is the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
• The project is scheduled to be commenced in September 2017.
• The project is expected to promote Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Union Government's thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.
• The expedition will inspire the youth to develop an understanding of the sea and instil a spirit of adventure and camaraderie.
• It also aims to show case the ‘Make in India’ initiative by sailing onboard the indigenously built INSV Tarini.
• It will be covered in five legs with stopovers at four ports for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary.
• The crew will collate and update Meteorological, Ocean and Wave data on a daily basis for subsequent analysis by research and development organisations.
• The crew will also monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas.
• The all-women crew have sailed approximately 20000 Nm onboard INSV Mhadei and Tarini as part of training, which includes two expeditions to Mauritius in 2016 and 2017 and a voyage from Goa to Cape Town in December 16.
• The first Indian Solo circumnavigation was undertaken by Captain Dilip Donde, SC (Retd) from 19 August 2009 to 19 May 2010 onboard the Indian built vessel INSV Mhadei.
• The first Indian non-stop solo circumnavigation was undertaken by Cdr Abhilash Tomy, KC from 1 November 2012 to 31 March 2013.