The expedition was flagged off from Goa on February 28, 2024, by circumnavigator and mentor Commander Abhilash Tomy (Retd)
In a display of remarkable seamanship and indomitable spirit, the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini returned to Goa on April 21, 2024, concluding a momentous nearly two-month-long transoceanic expedition. This journey was uniquely carried out in double-handed mode by two pioneering women officers of the Indian Navy, Lieutenant Commanders Dilna K and Roopa A, marking a historic milestone in Indian maritime history.

The expedition was flagged off from Goa on February 28, 2024, by circumnavigator and mentor Commander Abhilash Tomy (Retd). The vessel set sail for Port Louis, Mauritius, navigating through the challenging and unpredictable elements of the Indian Ocean. After 22 days at sea, INSV Tarini arrived in Mauritius on March 21, marking a significant milestone in the expedition.

During their stay in Mauritius, the officers engaged in a series of celebratory events and high-level interactions with officials from the Mauritius Coast Guard and the Indian High Commission. These events not only celebrated their journey but also underscored the strengthening of bilateral ties. A notable highlight was a training sortie with the Mauritius Coast Guard personnel embarked, enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation between the two maritime nations.

The return journey to Goa commenced on March 30 amidst heavy winds, adverse sea states, and rough seas. Despite the relentless natural challenges, Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A propelled INSV Tarini forward, safely navigating back to their home port. 

Empowering Women in Maritime

This expedition is not just a testament to the naval capabilities of INSV Tarini but also highlights the Indian Navy's commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women within the maritime domain. The successful completion of this journey by female officers stands as a beacon of inspiration, paving the way for more women to undertake challenging maritime adventure activities.

Building on their success, Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A are preparing for their next monumental task—a circumnavigation of the globe. This upcoming voyage, termed the Sagar Parikrama - IV expedition, is scheduled to commence in September 2024. It promises to further test their skills and add another chapter to their already impressive legacy.

The homecoming of INSV Tarini was marked by a ceremonial flag-in at the boat pool of INS Mandovi, attended by the Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi and Naval Station Commander North Goa. Naval personnel and the families of Station Mandovi were present to collectively witness the achievement. This event not only recognized the officers' outstanding achievements but also celebrated the supportive framework provided by the Indian Navy, which made this historic journey possible.

The triumphant return of INSV Tarini after its historic transoceanic expedition is a proud moment for India and a significant milestone in promoting the role of women in the maritime sector. The courage, skill, and determination displayed by Lt Cdr Dilna K and Lt Cdr Roopa A have not only set new benchmarks but also inspired a new generation to dream big and brave the uncharted waters. Their achievements reflect the spirit of 'Nari Shakti' and reinforce the message of equality and empowerment across the Indian Armed Forces.