India welcomes its first female naval pilot
Indian Navy inducted first woman navy pilot, daughter of Naval commander, Shubhangi Swaroop. She was among the 328 cadets who graduated from of Kerala's Ezhimala Naval Academy on November 22, 2017. Three other women cadets have also been inducted into the Naval Armament Inspection branch, which was earlier considered to be only for men.
Now, Shubhangi Swaroop will undergo the pilot training at Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. After successful completion of training, she will be flying a maritime reconnaissance aircraft, Times of India informs.
“I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also,” Times of India quoted Shubhangi Swaroop.
According to Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Indian Navy started inducting female officers in 1991, but now the areas of induction have been expanded. The Indian Navy has approximately 600 women serving as medical and supporting staff. In October 2017, the Indian Air Force inducted three women pilots. Commissioned as flying officers in July 2016 the government decided that they would be allowed in the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis, Financial Express reports.
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