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New Delhi : The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Lyttelton on December 12, 2017, morning, for its onward journey to Port Stanley (Falklands). INSV Tarini had arrived at Lyttelton on November 29, 2017, after completion of second leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta, according to a PIB release.

The crew of INSV Tarini was officially welcomed to Lyttelton by Andrew Turner, Deputy Mayor of Christchurch on November 29, 2017.  The crew was also welcomed in the traditional Maori culture by members of the community. The MP from Christchurch Central,  Duncan Webb, also visited the vessel to welcome the crew. The crew had several engagements during its stay in Lyttelton including call-on meeting with Mayor of City of Christchurch, Ms Lianne Dalziel. The National Council of Women of New Zealand also hosted the crew for an interaction.

INSV Tarini crew had an opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders during the welcome reception hosted by the High Commission on November 30, which was attended by about 100 distinguished guests including members of Parliament, state officials, businessmen, academicians, leaders from Indian community and mediapersons.  INSV Tarini was open to visitors at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) on December 3, 2017. Nearly 200 visitors from all walks visited the vessel and interacted with the crew.

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