Thiruvananthapuram: History was created on Wednesday when the Indian Navy inducted its first-ever woman pilot. The first batch of female officers passed out from the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kannur, on Wednesday. Shubhangi Swaroop, a cadet from Uttar Pradesh, became the first woman pilot in Indian Navy. Also, Shakthimaya S., a native of Thiruvananthapuram, Aastha Segal (NAI Branch) and Cadet Roopa A., were initiated into NAI responsible for assuring the quality of all armaments including missiles. In all, 328 cadets including 20 female cadets of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard including two International cadets one each from Tanzania and Maldives participated in the PoP.
The female officers, who were from the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and two overseas cadets (from Tanzania and Maldives), have been appointed in the Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) branch. "I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also," said Shubhangi, as per a report. She would undergo training for pilot at Dundigal Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said while the first female officer was inducted in the force in 1991, it is the first time that a woman would take up the role of a pilot.