INSV Tarini inducted into Indian Navy

Panaji, Feb 18 (IANS) The Indian Navy’s second ocean-going sailboat INSV Tarini was inducted into the Indian Navy at a formal ceremony in Goa on Saturday evening.

The vessel was inducted in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Built by Goa-based M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, INSV Tarini is a sloop, which is slated to be the platform for first Indian all-women circumnavigation of the globe expedition of the Indian Navy.

The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

The Indian Navy is operating four sailing vessels — Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini — capable of open ocean deployments and all the four have been built in shipyards at Goa.

The Navy is attempting to revitalise open ocean sailing and will also be inducting four 40-feet, state-of-the-art open ocean racing sail boats.