Indian Navy’s first woman pilot: Shivangi

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi indian navy first woman pilot indian navy first female pilot indian navy pilot wing Kochi naval base indian navy news

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi indian navy first woman pilot indian navy first female pilot indian navy pilot wing Kochi naval base indian navy news

In a proud moment for the country, first woman pilot has joined Naval operations in the Indian Navy in Kochi on Monday. Trained to fly the Dornier 228 by the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, the oldest such squadron in the Navy, Sub Lt Shivangi said, "I can not express my happiness in words".

She was inducted into Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and got formally commissioned by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, in June a year ago.

The Navy will have its first woman pilot trained by Navy to make first cockpit entry on 2 December, the source said without elaborating. "Woman in the cockpit for the first time", Shivangi told reporters.

After earning her wings two days before the Navy Day on Wednesday, Shivangi said she was happy with her achievement. "Maybe they will start going for choppers and fighters".

They have always encouraged me, she said.

A batch of three trainee officers, including SLt Shivangi, on Monday qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded the coveted golden "wings" at a simple ceremony held at INS Garuda.

From here on, these pilots would join the Dornier Operational Flying Training course at INAS 550 from mid- January 2020, prior to joining an operational maritime reconnaissance squadron.