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Young women army officers create history in sailing expedition

Panaji: Eight young women engineers of the Indian Army have created history by crossing 450 km of rough Arabian Sea between Mumbai and Goa on two unsophisticated boats, sailing non-stop for six days.

The crew became the first all-women expedition team in the country to have sailed the rough seas non-stop across this distance.

After receiving the officers at the picturesque boat pool of the INS Mandovi last evening, Lt Gen B S Dhaliwal, Commandant of College of Military Enginering, Pune, told UNI that the women had proved that they were far better than men in valour and endurance.

''I salute them for they have done India proud. They are a determined lot and deserve all kudos. Initially, I was reluctant to give the green signal for the expedition, but now I have no hesitation in encouraging women officers to undertake more such expeditions in future,'' he said.

The team, led by Capt K C Bhavana, undertook the voyage on two Seabird enterprise class dingies 'Seagull' and 'Skua'. The Seabird is a harbour sailing boat 21 feet in length, six feet wide.

It is an entirely wind-powered boat with rudimentary features and carries a crew of four only. It does not have either a cabin with toilet facilities or an in built navigation aids system. When loaded, the boat is merely 12 inch above the water.

''To sail such a boat across the sea is a formidable challenge and calls for the highest standards of leadership, seamanship, endurance and perseverance,'' Commadant of the Naval Academy, INS Mandovi, Capt M N Rao said.

Lt Dhaliwal admitted that the journey was not without its perils, of the rough seas and also the threat from pirates.

''But...they have come back safe with the Western Naval Command and the Indian Coast Guard keeping a constant track of the boats through wireless communication,'' he said.

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good news , salute to bhartiya sena
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