Sagar Parikram is the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by all women crew on INSV Tarini. The expedition has been titled Navika Sagar Parikrama. The Parikrama will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at four ports- Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa). The vessel was skippered by Lieutenant commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant commanders Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya, Payal Gupta and Vizagite Patharapalli Swathi.
Indian Navy is operating four sailing vessels capable of open ocean deployments, that is, Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini, all four of which have been built in shipyards at Goa. The construction was diligently overseen by the Warship Overseeing Team, Goa and the vessel is being delivered before the scheduled date of delivery by the boat builder. Extensive trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 2017.
Swahi has arrived at Vizag Airport through Air Asia flight after travelling 9000 nautical miles for 254 days in the oceans of the world in all women crew INSV Tarirni. NCC cadets, Vizag-West MLA and Government Whip PGVR Naidu (Gana Babu) and industrialists gave warm reception to her native place as the event was organized by Veeru Mama’s V Team.
‘I am proud to be a Vizagite and all my achievements are because of unconditional support received from my parents’ said Swathi while addressing the media at the airport. Women can achieve anything in the world with perseverance and hard work. I am expressing the students of college where I have completed my graduation. My experience is very great during the sailing and can’t be attained that feeling in some other work, she added.