Ms. Shubhangi Swaroop became the first-ever female pilot to be inducted into the Indian Navy. With her induction, the Indian female pilot created history in Indian Navy, by becoming the first woman pilot and the first batch of female officers at the Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) branch, which were considered a male bastion so far. She will soon fly Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
"I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also," said Shubhangi Swaroop. She belongs to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, and now, she will undergo the pilot training at Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad. Though the Indian Navy started inducting female officers in 1991, now the areas of induction have been expanded, said Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, who reviewed the passing out parade.
He said the professional training at the INA has been designed to instill discipline, professionalism, courage and camaraderie among the young officers. After the ceremonial review, the admiral awarded medals to nine meritorious midshipmen and cadets.
Importantly, this decision by the Indian Navy illustrates that the defense organization recognizes the contribution of Indian women in the defense forces. Such a decision will not only help to encourage more women in the society to join the defense forces but it also debunks the gender disparity.