The all-woman crew of Indian Navy’s sailing vessel Tarini, which created history by circumnavigating the globe in a gruelling 254-day voyage, is likely to be recognised with a gallantry award on Independence Day, two people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
That will be an achievement in itself too, because women rarely win gallantry awards in the armed forces because of their limited deployment. The names of Tarini skipper lieutenant commander Vartika Joshi and other crew members, commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta have been recommended for the award, said one of persons cited in the first instance.
The women received a rousing welcome on their return to Goa on May 21 after completing an eight-month-long voyage in which Tarini covered more than 21,600 nautical miles. Read More