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Wednesday, November 30 2022

Indian Navy gets first woman naval pilot

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Kannur: There is a first time for everything and everytime a woman is inducted into a male dominated sphere, it is always a sign of progress.

Joining the rest of the world and most other sectors in our own great country, the Indian Navy has, for the first time, inducted a woman-Shubhangi Swaroop- as a pilot. Swaroop hails from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh and will soon be piloting a Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft.

In another first, three women cadets have become the first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy. Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala are the three women former cadets, who joined Swaroop (a Naval commander’s daughter) at their graduation function, on November 22, from the Ezhimala Naval Academy, Kannur after completing a Naval Orientation course. The event was also attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Southern Naval Spokesperson Commander Warrier said that all the four women would undergo further professional training in their chosen branches before being put on duty.

“Though Swaroop is the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy, there are women already working in the Navy’s aviation branch as air traffic controllers and ‘observers “, said Warrier.

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