Sub Lt Shivangi becomes Navy's first woman pilot

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

Shivangi was commissioned into the Navy a year ago after her initial training, the report added. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft.

Sub Lt Shivangi will join the Dornier Operational Flying Training course at INAS 550 from mid-January, before joining a maritime reconnaissance squadron.

Earlier, Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the first-ever woman fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and now Sub Lieutenant Shivangi has created history by becoming the Indian Navy's first female pilot.

After finishing a mechanical engineering diploma on the Sikkim Manipal College of Expertise, Shivangi started additional research on the Malaviya Nationwide Institute of Expertise in Jaipur. Sub Lieutenant Shivangi flies Dornier Do-228s.

"We come from a family of farmers. Maybe now it will have better visibility", she says. "We have no words to describe what we feel", he says.

"It's a proud feeling for me, my parents and it's a different feeling".

Meanwhile, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has said that the presence of China in Indian Ocean region is increasing and the Indian Navy is "constantly watching it". "You will fail many times before you succeed".

The Navy will have its first woman pilot trained by Navy to make first cockpit entry on 2 December, the source said without elaborating. She will continue her training at INAS 550, the Dornier squadron at INS Garuda, to become a fully operational pilot on Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) aircraft.

For now, Shivangi and the opposite two ladies will fly transport planes however is not going to go aboard ships.

People in her village are already waiting to welcome her with a special ceremony, but her father says she is modest about her achievement and is uncomfortable with fanfare. And that I must see myself as a trainee, not as a woman or a man.

"It is a big responsibility and I am trying to live up to it".

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