Navy's men and women to circle the globe, climb Everest

Navy's men and women to  circle the globe, climb Everest

The Indian Navy is set to send its men and women officers on two round the globe trips, one by air and the other by sea. Not to leave the mountains behind, a third Navy team has begun its expedition to summit Mt Everest.

The blue water force is eyeing a new record with the two around the world trips. The first one will come around June-July. Commander Abhilash Tomy will fly solo around the world in 90 days in a microlight in a trip dubbed as ‘Vayu Parikrama’.

This would be the second around-the-world for the naval aviator, who in 2012 successfully did a non-stop circumnavigation under sail. He took 151 days to complete the trip.

In August, a six-member all women crew of the Indian Navy will start a voyage on the ocean sail boat INS Tarini. They will set sail for eight months before returning to the western coast of India, creating a world record.

The girls would take about eight months, depending on the wind speed.  The new sail boat was inducted last month. The team of six women officers led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi did a Goa-to-Cape Town trip in December and would undertake another trip to Mauritius in May-June as the practice drill for Sagar Parikrama-3, the third ocean circumnavigation trip from the navy.
DH News Service

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