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All-women crew sails into Port Louis, Mauritius on board INSV Mhadei
 
All-women crew sails into Port Louis, Mauritius on board INSV Mhadei

Indian Navy’s sail boat INSV Mhadei sailed into Port Louis, Mauritius on June 14 at 1 pm with the first all-women crew. The navy’s famous sailing vessel Mhadei set sail from her home port, Goa, on May 24 on this historic first open ocean voyage by an all-women crew on any vessel of the Indian Navy. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, a naval architect, is the first woman Skipper of Mhadei. The boat is crewed by Lieutenant P. Swathi, Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal (Air Traffic Control specialists), Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta (both Education officers) and Lieutenant B. Aishwarya, a naval architect.

The 2,100 Nm voyage was covered by the crew in 20 days passing through rough seas whipped up by the south-west monsoons. The timing of the voyage was chosen to expose the crew to rough weather that they are likely to encounter during their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 2017. Mhadei encountered winds of up to 35 kts. This adequately met the training aims of the voyage. The strenuous journey also provided the crew with an opportunity to consolidate upon their theoretical and practical training undergone thus far.

Mhadei was received by the Mauritian Coast Guard vessel Retriever outside Port Louis harbour and was escorted to her berth. Alongside, she was received by the Acting High Commissioner of India, the Commandant of the National Coast Guard and other officers and families of the Indian High Commission. Ten women police officers of Mauritius embarked Mhadei 10 miles outside the harbour and sailed into the port with her crew. Mhadei is expected to undertake day sorties off Port Louis for selected groups of people.

All-women crew sails into Port Louis, Mauritius on board INSV Mhadei

 
 


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