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INSV Mhadei, Tarini begins Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition

Indian Naval Sailing Vessels (INSV) Mhadei and Tarini began its sail for the Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition on 22 February 2020. It started the journey from the Indian Naval Ocean Sailing Node at Goa. The expedition was flagged off by Rear Admiral SJ Singh, Commandant Naval War College, Goa.  Bay of Bengal Offshore Sailing Expedition: The expedition will be the maiden major mixed crew sailing expedition of the Indian Navy. The crew is composed of five naval officers including two women officers in each boat.  The expedition will cover a total distance of 6,100 Nautical miles each. It will be at sea for 55 days.  Captain Vipul Meherishi, Skipper Tarini would be the Expedition Leader and Captain Atool Sinha would be Skipper Mhadei.  The expedition will showcase the harnessing of renewal energy namely wind energy to propel the boats.  It is in line with GoI’s mission of ‘Nari Shakti’ providing opportunity to women officers at par with men.  The expedition aims to enhance the level of cooperation and camaraderie between the littoral nations in the Bay of Bengal and exhibits the IN expertise in the domain of ocean sailing.  ISNV Mhadei and Tarini: ISNV Mhadei was inducted into the Indian Navy on 8 February 2009. Mhadei completed 2 circumnavigations, 3 Cape to Rio trans-Atlantic races and several other expeditions around various continents. It has covered in excess of 1,36,000 nautical miles.  ISNV Tarini was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18 February 2017. It created history in 2017-18 when six Indian Naval women officers sailed the vessel on maiden circumnavigation voyage titled Navika Sagar Parikrama. Tarini also participated in mixed crew Kochi to Seychelles sail training expedition during the 10th-anniversary celebration of the IONS.

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