On 31 October 2017, the Perth USAsia Centre and the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Perth hosted the crew of the INSV Tarini on their first stop of their historical voyage. The crew of the INSV Tarini is India's first all-women crew to circumnavigate the world. The event was launched with Welcoming Remarks from India's Consul-General in Perth, Mr Amit Kumar Mishra and a Flag Exchange Ceremony from Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, Leader of IMOS Ocean Glider Facility. Following this, the crew of the INSV Tarini gave short remarks about their journey so far and interacted with guests asking questions from daily life at sea to India's maritime legacy with the evening finishing up on the balcony for light refreshments and beverages.
- The circumnavigation of INSV Tarini began in September 2017 and was launched in Goa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The boat measures 17 metres long and 5 metres wide measuring over 21,600 nautical miles. The crew of the INSV Tarini includes: Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi, Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Cdr P Swathi, Lt S Vijaya Devi, Lt Payal Gupta and Lt B Aishwarya.
- The collection of data throughout their journey in the ocean is integral to their mission and Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, Facility Leader of the Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders, conducted a Flag Exchange Ceremony before the event began. Professor Pattiaratchi is Leader of a fleet of autonomous underwater ocean gliders that measures and record data from shelf and boundary currents. A recent deployment was retrieved just off the coast of Goa and had an Indian Flag inside of the Glider which was passed to India's Consul-General to Perth, Mr Amit Kumar Mishra.
- The crew of the INSV Tarini volunteered for the global circumnavigation for a sense of adventure and honour to represent India around the world. Some of the crew originated from landlocked cities/ towns and ocean circumnavigation was an eye-opening experience for them.
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is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre.