Sailor Vijaya felicitated
IMPHAL | Jun 12 : Lieutenant, Shougrakpam Vijaya Devi of Manipur, first woman sailor from North East to circumnavigate the globe on Indian build boat run by wind, INVS Tarini was today felicitated at Little Flowers School, Imphal, organised by the Assam Rifles and the school.
Vijaya was among the six women member team for Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition that started its journey on September 10, 2017 and reached Goa on May 21 this year after completing 254 days journey. It is the first-ever expedition attempted by only women crew covering more than 21,600 nautical miles.
The expedition aimed to empower the women of the nation by exploring their potential so that societal attitude and mind-set towards women in India may transform. It also aimed to show case the make in India initiative by sailing on-board indigenously built INSV Tarini.
Acknowledging their courageous and heroism deeds, President, Ram Nath Kovind awarded Shakti Puraskar award 2017 to entire crew member of the expedition who sailed across five countries, four continents and three oceans that includes Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
Sharing her experiences in the blue ocean, she said the crew member had faced lot of challenges and difficulties during expedition due to bad weather, while at the same it was an exciting and memorable expedition.
She said, “For safe expedition, the crew had conducted test and trail around Indian coastline and sail to Mauritius twice and Cape Town once before the commenced of the historic voyage.”
It is not an easy task to become a circumnavigator as it has to fulfil certain set of criteria to achieve the title. Some of the criteria are-the crew must cross the equator at a minimum of two points, touch at least one pair of antipodes and must touch all the latitudes and prime meridian.
The voyage covered great capes of Leeuwin, Horn and Good Horn. The expedition was completed in six legs with five stopovers at Fremantle at Australia, Lyttleton Town at New Zealand, Port Stanley at Falkland Island, Cape Town at South Africa and Port Louis at Mauritius, Vijaya shared.
She said every human being, irrespective of gender, can do anything if they take up the step with interest. Youths of the state have lots of potential to join Indian Navy or other active services but due to lack of proper information on this field less people join this profession.
One of the students said that it is a great pleasure to meet such an inspiring and motivational sister. It is a pride of state to have such a courageous and brave lady sailor, she added.
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