Indian Navy Vessel TARINI Crew and Support Staff Pays a Courtesy Call to Flag Officer Fleet

Article and Photos by Able Seaman V.S. Khoza

The Indian Naval Vessel (INSV) TARINI entered Cape Town V&A Waterfront, South Africa on 2 March 2018 during its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe after 187 days out at sea. The crew was welcomed by the Mayor and other dignitaries.


Commodore Odakkal Johnson, Curator Maritime History Society of India with
 Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini

This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and her crew consisted of Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Honíble Raksha Mantri sailed INSV TARINI from Goa on 10 September 2017. The vessel has covered 17500 Nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator on 25 September 2017, Cape Leeuwin on 9 November 2017 and Cape Horn on 19 January 2018.



Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini with Commodore Sanjay D'Cunha Commanding Officer INS Mandovi, Commodore Odakkal Johnson, Curator Maritime History Society, Capt Manjit Thomas Defence Adviser, India and Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Skipper INSV Tarini

Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini with Captain Manjit M Thomas Defence Adviser, India

INSV TARINIís crew and two support staff commodores visited the South African Navy at Fleet Command Headquarters on 9 March 2018. They were welcomed by the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) J.T. 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.



Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini with Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Skipper INSV Tarini

Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini with Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Skipper INSV Tarini and Lt Payal Gupta, Crew member INSV Tarini

   


(Left to Right) Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenent Commander Vartika Joshi (Skipper), Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Base Simonís Town, Rear Admiral (JG) Joseph Dlamini, Lieutenant Commander P Swati, Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

(L to R) Commodore O Johnson, Commodore Sanjay D'Cunha and Commanding Officer SAS PROTEA

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



(L to R) Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Commander Abhimanyu Patankar, and Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi

(L to R) Captain Manjit M Thomas, DA India, and Captain (SAN) Rustin Patrick

   


(L to R) Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Commander Abhimanyu Patankar, Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi in conversation.

Officer Commanding SAS PROTEA, Captain(SAN) Glen Hallet

INSV TARINI, crew was escorted on board SAS PROTEA later the evening for a cocktail function and welcomed by the Officer Commanding SAS PROTEA, Captain Glen Hallett.



Visitors boarding the SAS PROTEA

Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, Skipper INSV Tarini

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. They would interact extensively with the local populace, especially children, during the port halt to promote Ocean sailing and the spirit of adventure. 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.