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Sailboat INSV Tarini Inducted into Indian Navy on 18 February 2017

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The second ocean going sailboat of Indian Navy “Tarini” was successfully inducted by the Navy on February 18, 2017 at a ceremony held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool in presence of Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff.

  • It is the second sailboat after INS Mhadei of Indian Navy. INSV Tarini had been conceptualized to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment.
  • Tarini provides a platform for the first Indian circumnavigation of the globe by all women team of the Indian Navy. 
  • INSV Tarini has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa.The trials of the newly built INSV Tarini were successfully completed on 30 January 2017.
  • The Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar laid the keel of the vessel on 27 March 2016 at the Aquarius Shipyard.

Salient Features of the Boat

The design of the boat is taken from the one designed by Van de Stadt, Netherlands called Tonga 56.

  • The hull of the boat is made of wooden core fiberglass sandwich that gives better performance compared to aluminum and steel.
  • INSV Tarini has a total of six sails including a Main sail, Head sails (Genoa and stay sails), Downwind sails and Storm sail.Sailboat INSV Tarini
  • Boat’s mast is 25 meters tall which has been built by M/s Southern Spars, Cape Town. It will make the boat sail in any extreme conditions.
  • The boat has been installed with latest satellite communication systems as well as Raymarine navigation suite which will enable the crew members to communicate from anywhere in the world.
  • INSV Tarini is almost identical to INS Mhadei which has sailed over 115000 nautical miles in the past eight years. Tarini also includes the best practices from the experience of INS Mhadei.
  • The successful construction of Tarini in Goa marks a tribute to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy.
  • The boat has been named after the famous Tara-Tarini temple of Orissa’s Ganjam district.
  • The word Tarini means a Boat and is also a Sanskrit word for Saviour.
  • The sailors and merchants of Indian Navy worships Tara-Tarini as their patron deity for safety and success at sea.

Crew of the INSV Tarini

A team of six Women Officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi has been selected for the project.

  • These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meterology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi.
  • After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back.
  • And finally they sailed the boat on a voyage to Cape Town in December 2016.
  • Besides Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.

Indian Navy

The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India serves as Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy.

  • The Chief of Naval Staff, usually a four-star officer in the rank of Admiral, commands the navy. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest Naval Force in the world.
  • Headquarter: New Delhi
  • Active: 1830
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Sunil Lanba