Meet Sub Lieutenant Shivangi from Muzaffarpur, Bihar: Indian Navy’s first ever Dornier Pilot

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New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2019 12:07:23 PM

According to the Indian Navy, the lady pilot after completing her operational training will join naval operations in Kochi, Kerala, a couple of days ahead of the Naval Day which is celebrated on Dec 4.

Indian Navy, Sub Lieutenant Shivangi, indian navy woman pilot, woman pilot bihar, Dornier surveillance planeShe had joined the Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. (Twitter Image)

Indian Navy does it again. Sub Lieutenant Shivangi from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, will be getting into naval cockpit early next month. This will make her the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy who will get to fly fixed-wing Dornier surveillance plane. “Earlier, the Indian Navy’s aviation branch has had women officers who have been operating as air traffic control officers, as well as have been ”observers” in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons explained a naval officer.

According to the Indian Navy, the lady pilot after completing her operational training will join naval operations in Kochi, Kerala, a couple of days ahead of the Naval Day which is celebrated on Dec 4.

Shivangi who has done her schooling from DAV Public school, Muzzafarpur, Bihar, was formally commissioned by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, last June. She had joined the Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

Women DAs

Earlier this month the Indian Navy had selected its first lady officer for an international posting as a Defence Attache. This happened a month after the Indian Air Force had sent one of its lady officers Wing Commander Anjali Singh as the deputy air attaché to the Indian Mission in Moscow. She is a qualified aeronautical engineer specializing in handling fighter aircraft.

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Lt-Commander Karabi Gogoi, who is a naval engineer posted at the Karwar base, Karnataka, will be going to the Indian mission in Moscow as assistant naval attaché after completing her course in the Russian language. Her area of expertise is in the construction of warships and their maintenance.

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Explaining the process for selection of the DA position, a senior officer said that their selection is based on interviews in their respective services and their job is to be keeping track of the military technologies available, protocols as well as in planning military to military cooperation as well as exercises.

So far, there are almost 100 DAs in Indian missions across the globe and in some of the countries like the US, UK, Russia, France, Germany all the three services are represented.

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