New Saga for Indian Navy: First Batch of Female Officers & First Woman Pilot Onboard

Indian Navy observed passing-out ceremony at Kannur with their very first batch of female officers and its first woman pilot onboard.

Ezhimala in Kannur witnessed a remarkable passing-out ceremony at the Indian Navy Academy. The total of 328 Indian Navy cadets, 2 overseas cadets, and Indian Coast Guards, successfully graduated after finishing their courses.

Shubhangi Swaroop, who also happens to be Indian Navy’s first woman pilot and the daughter of a Naval commander, expressed in her interview that, “I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also.” The first female pilot from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh is all braced to endure pilot training in Hyderabad at Dundigal Air Force Academy.

Until now, the aviation branch of Indian Navy appointed women officers to take care of the air traffic control and observe in the aircraft. According to Commander Sreedhar Warrier, the Southern Naval spokesperson, the observers of an aircraft are mainly responsible for weapons and communication.

Meanwhile, for the first time in the history of Indian Navy the Naval Armament Inspection Branch has appointed Aastha Sehgal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S as officer. This feat will give hope and motivation to others, who want to be a part of defence forces. Commander Warrier added that all the 4 female officers will undergo professional training before being employed on their required designation, in their respective chosen branches.

The NAI branch is accountable for conducting assessing and auditing the condition of ammunition and weapons of the Navy.

As per Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is the Chief of Naval Staff has said that since its inception in the year 1991, the range of female induction in the defence forces has increased. Apart from reviewing passing out parade, Lanba presented the medals to cadets and 9 meritorious midshipmen.

Lanba also said that INA’s professional training program is designed to inculcate the practice of professionalism, discipline, camaraderie and courage amongst the young officers.

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