Monday, 13 July, 2020

Indian Navy’s first woman pilot: Shivangi

Never Be Afraid To Pursue Your Dreams: Navy's First Woman Pilot Sub Lieutenant Shivangi in the cockpit of a Indian Navy Dornier 228 turbo-prop plane
Deanna Wagner | 04 December, 2019, 10:15

I am very proud of her.

Southern Naval Command chief Vice-Admiral Anil Chawla awarded her the coveted golden wings in Kochi after she successfully completed a "conversion course" with the Dornier training squadron INAS 550, also known as the Flying Fish. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy. "Woman in the cockpit for the first time", Shivangi told reporters.

Twitter users heaped praise and tweeted congratulatory messages on Monday as Sub Lieutenant Shivangi became the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, joining operational duty in Kochi. Sridhar Warrier, press officer for marine defense, the class of aircraft will be flying Shivangi "large distances covered over the sea and provide information to the ship at sea of any suspicious activity or interesting event".

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi is in the final days of training and will pick up her wings at a ceremony in Kochi on December 2. "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.

They have always encouraged me, she said.

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Two other women lady naval pilots are undergoing training and will pick up their wings later next month.

The Indian military has slowly been entering women into their cockpits. "They would be the one who would be controlling the tactics, who would be controlling the weapons, who would be the eyes and ears for the aircraft and for the pilot", Warrier said.

Shivangi said that the pressure is now on to perform.

"You already know each time any person is doing one thing for the primary time there may be quite a lot of stress, there may be quite a lot of expectation so clearly the stress will probably be there", she stated.