The Indian Navy on Wednesday got its first woman pilot and first batch of female officers in Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) branch.
An impressive passing-out ceremony in the Indian Navy Academy, Ezhimala, in Kannur, saw 328 cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and two overseas cadets, graduating after successfully completing their courses.
Shubhangi Swaroop, the Navy’s first woman pilot, from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh says to the Times of India “I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also”. She is all set to undergo pilot training at Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.
Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S, have been appointed as officers in the Naval Armament Inspection Branch, also a first in the history of Indian Navy. They hoped their achievement would motivate others to join the defence forces.
The areas of induction for female officers has expanded, since its inception in 1991, according to Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, who reviewed the passing out parade and handed medals to nine meritorious midshipmen and cadets.
He also added that the professional training at the INA is designed to instil discipline, professionalism, courage and camaraderie amongst the young officers.