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Ahead of Navy Day, First Woman Naval Pilot to Join Operations on December 2: Report

The first woman pilot, Lieutenant Shivangi, will join naval operations on completion of operational training here on December 2.


Updated:November 21, 2019, 10:05 PM IST
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Ahead of Navy Day, First Woman Naval Pilot to Join Operations on December 2: Report
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Kochi: The first woman pilot of the Indian Navy will join naval operations here on December 2, two days ahead of Navy Day on December 4, a defence source said on Thursday.

Lieutenant Shivangi will join naval operations upon completion of operational training here on December 2.

"Shivangi will graduate to become the first female pilot of the Indian Navy. She hails from Muzzafarpur in Bihar and completed her schooling from DAV Public school in Muzzafarpur," said the source.

She was inducted into Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, and was formally commissioned by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, last June.

The Navy's aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as 'observers' in aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons, the source said.

Shivangi, who had been undergoing training at the Southern Naval Command here, will get authorisation on December 2 to fly Dornier aircraft.

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