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INSV Tarini Returns Triumphant After Historic Transoceanic Expedition

Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A's achievements serve as an inspiration for future generations, especially women, within the Indian Navy, encouraging them to embrace challenging maritime adventures.

The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini has made a triumphant return to her base port at Goa on 21st April 2024, after completing a historic transoceanic expedition spanning nearly two months.

The expedition, undertaken in double-handed mode by Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A, women officers of the Indian Navy, marks a significant milestone as they become the first from India to accomplish such a feat.

Flagged off from Goa by renowned circumnavigator and their mentor, Cdr Abhilash Tomy (Retd), on 28th February 2024, the INSV Tarini embarked on a daring journey across the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.

After 22 days of navigating through unpredictable elements, the vessel reached Port Louis, Mauritius, on 21st March 2024, amidst jubilant celebrations and warm welcomes.

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At Port Louis, the officers had the honor of interacting with government officials from the Mauritius Coast Guard and the Indian High Commission, fostering goodwill and strengthening bilateral ties between the two maritime nations.

Additionally, the vessel undertook a training sortie with personnel from the Mauritius Coast Guard embarked, showcasing the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration.

Following their eventful stay at Port Louis, Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A embarked on their return journey to Goa on 30th March 2024. Throughout the voyage, they encountered continuous challenges posed by heavy winds, adverse sea states, and rough seas.

However, their unwavering determination and resilience propelled INSV Tarini safely back to Goa, reaffirming their exceptional seamanship and steadfast resolve.

The successful completion of this expedition underscores the Indian Navy’s commitment to promoting gender equality and empowering women in the maritime domain.

Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A’s achievements serve as an inspiration for future generations, especially women, within the Indian Navy, encouraging them to embrace challenging maritime adventures.

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Looking ahead, the two officers are preparing for their next monumental voyage – a circumnavigation of the globe (Sagar Parikrama – IV expedition) on INSV Tarini scheduled to commence in September this year.

This remarkable feat will not only inspire but also pave the way for future generations of personnel, particularly women, in the Indian Navy to volunteer for challenging maritime adventure activities.

The triumphant return of INSV Tarini was marked by a ceremonial flag-in at the boat pool of INS Mandovi, Goa. The event, attended by naval personnel and families of Station Mandovi, symbolized the collective achievement and camaraderie within the Indian Navy, highlighting the spirit of unity and teamwork that drives its success.

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Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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