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In a first, 2 women officers to operate helicopters from Indian Navy warships

Indian Navy warships

For the very first time, 2 women officers have been selected to join Indian Navy’s Helicopter stream as ‘observers’ (Airborne Tacticians). Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Kumudini Tyagi and SLt Riti Singh are the first two women who were part of group of 17 officers of the Navy which includes four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard, who were awarded with ‘Wings’ and graduated as ‘Observers’. The ceremony held on Monday at INS Garuda.

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This step will provide motivation to other women to follow their dreams

This step will pave the way for women to work in frontline ships. This will provide inspiration and opportunity to all the women who dream of joining the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. There are still many restrictions on women to compete for some posts in army, navy and air force. There was restriction on women to operate in fixed-wing aircraft which take off and land ashore.

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The group if which the 2 women officers are part of comprises 13 officers of regular batch and another four women officers of Short Service Commission batch. The ceremony was commenced by Rear Admiral Antony George who is Chief Staff Officer (Training) and presented awards and coveted wings to all the graduating officers.

The chief guest presented the Instructor badge to six officers which include five officers from navy including a woman officer and the last officer from the Indian Coast Guard. These are the officers who successfully graduated as Qualified Navigation Instructors (QNI).

All the officers of the 22nd SSC Observer course and 91st Regular Course are trained in air navigation including flying procedures, tactics engaged in air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and exploitation of airborne avionic systems. All these officers are ought to serve on-board Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti-submarine Warfare Aircraft of the Indian Costal Guard and Indian Navy.

 

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