Tarini, Indian Navy’s second sailboat, will be inducted at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool in Goa on February 18, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will be present on the occasion of the commissioning of the sloop built by Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd.
Once inducted, Tarini will be the platform for first Indian all-women circumnavigation of the globe expedition. The boat is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi and crew members include Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenant Aishwarya Boddapati, Lieutenant Patarapalli Swathi, Lieutenant Sh Vijaya Devi and Lieutenant Payal Gupta.
The origin of the boat is associated with the Tara-Tarini temple of Orissa’s Ganjam district. The word Tarini means a ‘Boat’ and corresponding Sanskrit word for ‘Saviour’.
The trials of Tarini were completed successfully on January 30, 2017. The keel of the vessel was laid by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on March 27, 2016 at the Aquarius Shipyard. INSV Tarini is almost identical to her illustrious predecessor, the iconic Mhadei which has sailed over 1,15,000 nautical miles in the past eight years.