Transformation now is the buzzword in the Indian Army. Women are now not new in the armed forces. The Indian armed forces are slowly taking steps to make it more inclusive for both genders. In March 2019, women were finally granted permanent commission in ten branches of the army including Corps of Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps, and the Intelligence Corps. Recently, even Lt. Col Jyoti Sharma became the first woman to go on a foreign mission.
Now, the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy is all set to join the Naval operations in Kochi. Meet, Lieutenant Shivangi, who created history by becoming the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy. She will be joining the naval operations on completion of operational training here on December 2nd. Interestingly, this is just before Navy Day on December 4. According to an NDTV report, a source said, "Shivangi will graduate to become the First female Pilot of Indian Navy. She hails from Muzaffarpur, Bihar and completed her schooling from DAV Public school, Muzaffarpur."
She was first inducted into the Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of the 27 NOC course in the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, Kerala. Shivangi finally got commissioned by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, in June last year.
The Navy's Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as 'observers' in the aircraft. They are responsible for communication and weapons. Shivangi will get authorisation on December 2 to fly Dornier aircraft. Now, the Navy will have its first woman pilot trained by the Navy itself in the cockpit.