Maidens’ voyage aboard the Mhadei make it home
India’s first all-women crew ocean voyage with six women officers from the Navy returned to Goa on Thursday after a successful voyage to Mauritius.
The Mhadei which is the Indian Navy’s only Ocean going sail boat, covered a distance of over 5,000 nautical miles through treacherous monsoon seas and heavy winds.
The journey from Goa to Mauritius began on May 24 and reached Port Louis, Mauritius, on June 14.
The all-women’s team, including Skipper, Lieutenant (lt) Commander Vartika Joshi, and her five-member team comprising Lt B Aishwarya, Lt P Swathi, Lt Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Vijaya and SLt Payal Gupta were received by Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra, flag officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command.
This trialling journey served as motive to prepare the women for rough weather expected to be encountered by them in the Southern Ocean during their circumnavigation of the globe.