#GoodNews: Meet Shubhangi Swaroop, Indian Navy’s First Woman Pilot
Women cadets were inducted into the Indian Navy at Indian Naval Academy at Kannur on 22 November.
Women cadets were inducted into the Indian Navy at Indian Naval Academy at Kannur on 22 November.(Photo: PTI)

#GoodNews: Meet Shubhangi Swaroop, Indian Navy’s First Woman Pilot

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 the Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also scripted history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy.

After their Naval Orientation course, all four passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function in Kannur on 23 November, attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

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All four women are in their 20s. Shubhangi, the daughter of a Naval commander, says being selected to be a pilot is a dream come true.

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Though 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.

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.

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