Indian Navy Gets First Woman Pilot, 3 Women Officers in Naval Armament Inspection Branch
Kannur, November 23: History was created when Shubhangi Swaroop, the girl from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, became the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy. The first woman pilot and the first batch of female officers passed out from Naval Academy on Wednesday. Making inroads in what is so far considered to be a male bastion, the women cadets have been appointed in the Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) branch.
They were inducted in the force on Wednesday, at a passing out ceremony in the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, in Kannur. As many as 328 cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and two overseas cadets, one each from Tanzania and Maldives, passed out on successful completion of their courses, Times of India reported.
“I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also,” said Shubhangi Swaroop, the girl from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, who became the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy. She will undergo the pilot training at Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.
Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S have been inducted in the NAI branch. They would be responsible for inspection of the armament supplied to the Navy by various ordnance factories, PSUs, private industries and foreign OEM. They will also be responsible for in-house research and development, leading to indigenisation and will also ensure the quality, safety and reliability of the Naval Armament and Stores procured by the Navy.
The armament ranges from a small arms bullets to sophisticated bullets.
Though the Indian Navy started inducting female officers in 1991, now the areas of induction have been expanded, said Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba.