A team of six women officers of the Indian Navy are set to circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is aimed at promoting women empowerment aligned with the Government of India’s thrust for ‘NariShakti’. It also aims to promote ocean sailing by the Indian Navy and inspire youth to develop a spirit of adventure. Tarini is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta. The crew have together sailed approximately 20,000 nautical miles (nm) onboard INSV Mhadei and Tarini, which includes expeditions from Goa to Mauritius and a voyage from Goa to Cape Town as part of training. INSV Tarini, a sister vessel of INSV Mhadei, was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18 February 2017 and has sailed approximately 8,000 nm till date. The expedition shall be flagged of by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri on 10 September 2017.