Indian Navy Vessel Tarini calls on SA Navy’s Flag Officer Fleet


The Indian Navy’s sailboat INSV Tarini docked in Cape Town at the beginning of this month as part of a round-the-world trip, and her crew recently visited the South African Navy’s Flag Officer Fleet Naval Base Simon’s Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini.

INSV Tarini arrived at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 2 March after spending 187 days at sea, and was welcomed by Cape Town’s mayor and other dignitaries, the SA Navy said. The vessel has an all-female crew and is the first Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-female Indian crew.

The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and her crew consists of Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Hon’ble Raksha Mantri. They sailed from Goa, where the vessel was constructed, on 10 September 2017. The vessel has covered 17 500 nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator on 25 September 2017, Cape Leeuwin on 9 November 2017 and Cape Horn on 19 January 2018.

The SA Navy said INSV Tarini’s crew and two support staff commodores visited the South African Navy at Fleet Command Headquarters on 9 March 2018. They were welcomed Rear Admiral Dlamini who represented Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B K Mhlana. They discussed the experiences and challenges the crew faced during their time at sea.

The Skipper, Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, said: “The crew and the vessel have encountered rough seas and extremely cold temperatures coupled with stormy weather conditions, making the task of circumnavigation highly daunting and challenging”. The Indian Naval Logistic Officer, Payal Gupta said: “The vessel’s passage through the Indian Pacific and Atlantic Oceans thus far, has witnessed winds in excess of 60 knots and waves up to 7 meters high”.

The INSV Tarini’s crew was escorted on board the SAS Protea later in the evening for a cocktail function and welcomed by the Officer Commanding SAS Protea, Captain Glen Hallett.

The crew has also been collating and updating meteorological, ocean and wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD), as also monitoring marine pollution on the high seas, the SA Navy said.

The vessel will return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). Presently, the vessel has covered four of the five legs of the voyage. The vessel is likely to depart Cape Town on 14 March 2018.

INSV Tarini is a cruising sloop made from wood and fibreglass. She has six sails and is 17 metres long.