In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. Shubhangi is the first Naval woman pilot, the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier said. The NAI branch is responsible for auditing and assessing the state of weapons and ammunition of the Navy.
For Shubhangi, is the daughter of a naval commander, it’s a dream come true on being selected as a pilot.
Of the 328 cadets who passed out included Shubhangi Swaroop, a native of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, who has become the first woman pilot in the Navy. She hails from Uttar Pradesh and will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A. from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S. from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at NAI branch of the Navy. After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. The female officers were from the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and two overseas cadets.
The NAI branch is responsible for auditing and assessing the state of weapons and ammunition of the Navy. All the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Commander Warrier said. Shubhangi will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force, he said.
Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said while the first female officer was inducted into the force in 1991, it is the first time that a woman would take up the role of a pilot.