An all-women team from the Indian Navy are about to set sail on a historic trip around the world. This journey will be the first “Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all female crew.” The six member team will start in Goa later this week, and return in March 2018.

They will be traveling 21,600 nautical miles, which will be broken down into five legs, making stops in four ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa).

“The Pacific leg between New Zealand and Falklands would be the longest one. Some of the roughest seas are in this stretch,” said Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. The other members of the team include Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and P. Swathi, and Lieutenants S.Vijaya Devi, B.Aishwarya, and Payal Gupta. They were selected from 20 women who all volunteered for the voyage.

The women want their journey to inspire others. “We hope people will change their preconceived notions about women,” Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal shared. “If they have faith, more women will have self-confidence. If we can do it, they can do it also.”

Video produced by Suranjana Tewari; Shot and edited by Vishnu Vardhan