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Forget ‘Padmavati’ Drama, The Indian Navy Just Got Its First Woman Pilot

Amidst all the Padmavati drama and general negativity around the country, the latest update from the Indian Navy aka Bharatiya Nav Sena is like a breath of fresh air. Following the lead of the Air Force, this branch of our country's armed forces has created history by inducting its first ever woman pilot on Wednesday. Expressing her joy, Shubhangi Swaroop, the Indian Navy's first woman pilot told Quint, "I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also.

"In addition to this, they also have inducted a batch of three female officers - Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Shakthimaya S - at the Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) branch, which, for a long time, was considered an all-male bastion. The trio will soon begin with their training in the Naval Armament Inspectorate. With this achievement, they are hoping to motivate other women of our country to join the defence forces.

Forget The ‘Padmavati’ Drama, The Indian Navy Just Got Its First Woman Pilot

Shubhangi, who hails from Bareilly Uttar Pradesh, has completed her six-month naval-orientation course at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala. Now, she is all set to take pilot training for the next one year in Hyderabad. Once her training is over, she will join the maritime patrol aircraft or combat platforms. Shubhangi comes from a naval background. Her father is a naval commander and mother, a school teacher at the Navy Children School in Vishakhapatnam. The newly-inducted pilot can be easily called an all-rounder because she isn't just a navy officer but also an expert diver and a national gold medallist in Taekwondo.

At this passing-out ceremony, hosted at the Indian Naval Academy in Kannur, a total of 328 cadets passed out. These cadets included one overseas cadet each from Maldives and Tanzania too.

Earlier this October, the Indian Air Force inducted three women pilots. These three women, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, were commissioned as flying officers in July 2016 by the government.

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