Shubhangi Swaroop, a resident from Uttar pradesh is the first ever woman pilot at the Indian Navy who could soon be flying the Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
Besides her, three other women cadets- Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerela have also been inducted in the Navy's armament division, which was earlier considered a men-only limit.
After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function here yesterday attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.
For Shubhangi, who is the daughter of a Naval commander, its a dream come true on being selected as a pilot. 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 told PTI.
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.