The Indian Navy on Wednesday got its first woman pilot and also the first batch of female officers in Naval Armament Inspection branch.
Shubhangi Swaroop has been inducted in the Navy as the pilot. She will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
The passing out parade happened at Indian Navy Academy, Ezhimala, in Kannur. 328 cadets of the Indian Navy, coast guards and two foreigner cadets graduated after successfully completing their course.
Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, made history by becoming first women officers of the Naval Armament Inspectorate(NAI) branch of the Indian Navy.
Shubhangi is the daughter of Naval commander and it was a dream come true for her. It is truly a motivation for everyone looking at the feat they have achieved.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, who reviewed the passing out parade, said that,”the areas of induction for female officers has expanded, since its inception in 1991. The training at INA instills professionalism, courage, discipline and brotherhood in the young officers.
Though Shubhangi is the first Naval woman pilot, the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers who are operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft but it is the first of NAI branch.