Panji, Feb 17 : Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool in Goa on the evening of 18th February.
The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy. The trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 17. The keel of the vessel was laid by the Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar in March last year at the Aquarius Shipyard.
INSV Tarini is almost identical to her illustrious predecessor, the iconic Mhadei which has sailed over 115000 nautical miles in the past eight years.The officers had sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back. Following that, they sailed the boat on a grueling voyage to Cape Town in Dec 16.
In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. A team of six women officers led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi was selected for the Mhadei project.
Tarini draws her origin from the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Orissa’s Ganjam district. The word Tarinimeans a boat and is also a Sanskrit word for saviour. Tara-Tarini is a patron deity for sailors and merchants and is worshipped for safety and success at sea. Tara-Tarini of Orissa is known to have historical linkages with the river Goddess Mhadei- the exclusive boat deity of the Mhadei river of Goa.
INSV Tarini has been built to a stock design by Van de Stadt, Netherlands called Tonga 56. The successful construction of both the Mhadei andTarini in Goa are a tribute to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy.