Shubhangi Swaroop becomes first woman to be inducted as Pilot in Indian Navy

Nov 24, 2017 10:34 IST
Shubhangi Swaroop

In a first, Indian Navy inducted Shubhangi Swaroop as its first woman pilot on 23 November 2017. Shubhangi Swaroop, a native of Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.

She will now head to INS Garuda in Kochi and then will undergo training at the Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

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First women badge at Naval Armament Inspectorate
• Swaroop was among four women officers who had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala.  The other three women officers are Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S.
• These three women cadets were inducted at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI), where no female officer has ever worked.  
• The NAI branch looks after the inspection and assessment of the arms and weapons of the country’s naval force.

In the passing out ceremony of Ezhimala Naval Academy, around 328 cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and two overseas cadets from Tanzania and Maldives passed out after completing their course.

These two overseas cadets and 20 women cadets from the Indian Navy took part in the passing out parade reviewed by Indian Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

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