A setting example of women empowerment by Nirmala Sitharaman, flags off INS Tarini’s expedition with 6 naval officers
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 10-Sep-2017
Panaji, September 10: Nirmala Sitharaman who has recently taken over the vital department of India has also proved today that she indeed is the true heir of the Defence Ministry. On her first visit to Goa as the Defence Minister, Sitharaman flagged off the sailing vessel INSV Tarini with 6 woman officers of the Indian Navy. 

 
 
The vessel will be skippered by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year. 
 
 
This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. They will begin their voyage later this month from Goa, and expect to return to Goa in March 2018, after completing the circumnavigation. 
 
 
The expedition has been titled Navika Sagar Parikrama. The Parikrama will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa). 
During the interaction, the crew explained details of their upcoming voyage to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister wished the women crew well, and said he would keep track of their progress around the world. He exhorted them to project India’s capabilities and strengths across the world. He also encouraged them to write and share their experiences, after the successful completion of the voyage. 
Such an expedition is an epitome of courage of the Naval officers and Sitharaman’s iconic example of women empowerment.