Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

Meet Shivangi: Indian Navy's first girl pilot

Meet Shivangi: Indian Navy's first girl pilot

"It's a step forward for women to find equivalence with their male colleagues in the service", said Admiral Arun Prakash, a former navy chief. Observers were there. This is something different...woman in the cockpit for the first time. It signifies their qualification as naval aviators. "I have been craving this for a long time", she said. It is a great feeling, she said.

Commissioned in June 2018, she will continue her training at the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550 - the Dornier squadron at INS Garuda - to become a fully operational pilot on Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) aircraft.

Flying a Dornier for another six months of mission-based flying, she will aim for the P8I long-range maritime aircraft.

As a tradition, the award of the "Wings" marks the culmination of their one year of flying training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal and Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, INS Garuda in Kochi. It's quite exhilarating that my dream has come true. "I was filled with unexplained joy to see her at the passing out parade in her white uniform and cap", says father Haribhushan Singh over the telephone.

"In fact, they were proud", Shivangi said.

Two other women are quickly following in Shivangi's steps.

"That they had proven a presentation by which there have been the assorted facets of life within the navy, all these issues, and that type of motivated me", she stated, including that she then dropped out of school to hitch up.

The Indian Navy recently drove away a suspicious Chinese vessel operating in Indian waters near Port Blair region in Andaman and Nicobar Islands territories. Flight Commander is the second in command of the unit meaning that she is the number two in the unit after the commanding officer.

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