The six women crew members of INSV Tarini who created history by circumnavigating the globe have been honoured with the Tenzing Norgay Award.
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Conferred by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Tenzing Norgay Award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air.
The award is named after Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary to Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak, in 1953.
President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the award at Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 25.
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Tenzing Norgay Award For Historic Mission
Navika Sagar Parikrama was the name of the mission to circumnavigate the globe on INSV Tarini by these women officers of the Indian Navy. It began from Goa on 10 September 2017.
Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi led the all-women crew consisting of Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swathi P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta.
During the 254-day long voyage, the vessel covered over 21,600 Nautical miles, visiting five countries (Australia, New Zealand, Falkland Islands (UK), South Africa and Mauritius), four continents and three oceans.
On 21 May this year, the INSV Tarini returned to Goa after circumnavigating the world in more than eight months. It was the first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-woman crew.
The aim of the expedition was to promote women’s empowerment, and inspire the youth to develop an understanding of the sea. The crew also collated and updated meteorological, ocean and wave data for accurate weather forecasts by the Indian met department. It also monitored marine pollution on the high seas.
After the successful expedition, all the women crew members were honoured with the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017.
On the eve of the 72nd Independence Day, the six women officers were awarded the Nao Sena medals (gallantry) by the Indian Navy. This is a gallantry award that recognises individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty or courage.
In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the six navy officers as the ‘daughters of the country’ who have made us proud. “They have returned home after spreading the hues of the tricolour across the oceans of the world,” he said.