INSV Tarini, named after Goddess Tara Tarini, is a 55-ft sailing vessel.
Indian Navy offers lots of opportunities in a variety of roles for women who wish to join the force, Lt Commander Pratibha Jamwal, who was part of all-women team that circumnavigated the globe on board the INSV Tarini, said Saturday.
Some other members of the team said several progressive and first-time initiatives have been taken by the Navy towards empowering women officers.
Lt Commander Pratibha Jamwal, who is looking forward to another sailing expedition in November, said many members of the six-member crew of INSV Tarini, are currently on a mission “in which we are going around the country and sharing our experience of circumnavigation and trying to inspire people, especially women, to let them know about navy and opportunities one gets after joining the force”.
Asked what needs to be done to have more women join the Navy, Pratibha Jamwal said, “It is not that women don’t want to join the Navy, but it is just that they are not really aware what all opportunities are available in the Navy for women.”
“Women, especially in the northern part of the country, think that Navy is only about sailing and being on board a ship for six months… but there are lot of different branches which Navy offers, like for example, I am an air traffic controller.
“Then there are education officers, logistics officers, there are medical officers, there are naval constructors, technical officers, there are…