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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

INSV Mhadei completes Goa-Mauritius voyage with all-women crew

VASCO: Indian Navy’s sail boat ‘INSV Mhadei’ with all-women crew sailed into Port Louis, Mauritius, on Tuesday afternoon becoming the first voyage by an all-women crew on any Indian Navy vessel
The Navy’s sailing vessel Mhadei had begun its journey from her home port Goa on May 24. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, a naval architect, is the first woman skipper of Mhadei.
The boat is crewed by Lieutenant P Swathi, Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal (air traffic control specialists), Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta (both education officers) and Lieutenant B Aishwarya, a naval architect.
The 2100 nautical mile voyage was covered by the crew in 20 days passing through rough seas whipped up by the South West monsoon.
The timing of the voyage was chosen to expose the crew to rough weather which they are likely to encounter during their attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 2017.
Mhadei encountered winds of up to 35 knots, sea states up to 5 miles and a swell of up to 5 miles during the onward leg from Goa to Mauritius.
This adequately met the training aims of the voyage. The strenuous journey also provided the crew with an opportunity to consolidate upon their theoretical and practical training undergone thus far.
Mhadei was received by the Mauritian Coast Guard vessel retriever outside Port Louis Harbor and was escorted to her berth.
Alongside, she was received by the Acting High Commissioner of India, the Commandant of the National Coast Guard and other officers and families of the Indian High Commission.
Ten women police officers of Mauritius embarked Mhadei 10 miles outside the harbour and sailed into the port with her crew.
During their stay, the crew will call on the President of Mauritius, Minister for Gender Equality and Child Development and various other dignitaries.
The boat will also be open to visitors and school children. Mhadei is also expected to undertake day sorties off Port Louis for selected groups of people.
The return journey from Port Louis to Goa is slated to commence on June 24. Mhadei is expected to arrive in Goa early July 2016. The women officers are training to form an all-women crew that would attempt to circumnavigate the globe next year.

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