Meet Sub Lieutenant Shivangi India’s First Woman Navy Pilot

Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi, a native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar was inducted into the Indian Navy under the Short Service Commission (SSC)-Pilot entry scheme and was part of the 27thNaval orientation course(NOC) Course at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. She was commissioned into the Navy in June last year.

As part of her training, Sub-Lt. Shivangi has flown Pilatus PC 7 MkII, Basic Trainer at AFA, and completed Dornier Conversion with the Indian Navy at Kochi.

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.

Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Shivangi created history as the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course.

“I have been craving for this for a very long time & finally the day is here. It’s a great feeling. I am looking forward to completing my 3rd stage of training,” Sub Lieutenant Shivangi said.

A batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC) including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded the coveted golden “Wings” ata simple and solemn ceremony held at INS Garuda on 02 Dec 19. Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command was the Chief Guest for the ceremony who presented the “Wings” to the passing out officers, signifying their qualification as naval aviators.


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