The Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot, Shubhangi Swaroop, who comes from Uttar Pradesh and will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. Shubhangi Swaroop from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, who became the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy, said that “I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also”. She will now experience the pilot training at Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.
Aastha Segal, Roopa A, and Sakthimaya S also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Academy Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy. They said it is a great recognition for the women in India and more and more women are taking interest in joining defense forces. The achievement will be an inspiration to others too, they added. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, said although the Indian Navy started inducting female officers in 1991, now the areas of induction have been enlarged. He added that professional training at the INA designed to instill discipline, courage, professionalism, and companionship among the young officers. The admiral awarded medals to nine meritorious midshipmen and cadets.