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For Circumnavigating The Globe, All-Woman Crew Of INSV Tarini To Be Honoured With Gallantry Award

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  •  July 12, 2018


After circumnavigating the globe in a 254-day voyage, the all-woman crew of Indian Navy’s sailing vessel Tarini is going to be awarded with a gallantry award on Independence Day. It is going to be a rare achievement as women, due to their limited deployment, hardly get the chance to win gallantry awards.  

Tarini skipper lieutenant commander Vartika Joshi and commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta returned to Goa on May 21. They had completed an eight-month-long voyage, covering more than 21,600 nautical miles.

They will be awarded the Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) for their achievement after the President approves the proposal. The voyage was monitored closely by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman and navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba

“This is great news as it’s rare for women to get gallantry awards in the armed forces, given that they are employed in limited roles. The Tarini girls have proved that if women are given opportunities, they can achieve anything,” said Major Shraddha Mishra, who retired from the army in 2005 after a service of seven years.

H/T: Hindustan Times


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