Women Officers in Helicopter Stream of Indian Navy for the first time: Key Points

Women Officers in Helicopter Stream of Indian Navy for the first time: Key Points



Women Officers in Helicopter Stream of Indian Navy for the first time:
For the first time in the history of Indian Defence System two women officers were selected to join as Observers in the Helicopter Stream of Indian Navy. They will be the first women combatants operating warships. Earlier, entry of women was restricted to the fixed wing aircraft that took off and landed ashore.

These officers, Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Kumudini Tyagi and SLt Riti Singh, are a part of a group of 17 officers of the Indian Navy, including four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard (13 officers of Regular batch and 04 woman officers of Short Service Commission batch) who were awarded “Wings” on graduating as  “Observers” at a ceremony held on 21 Sep 20 at INS Garuda, Kochi.  

The ceremony was presided by Rear Admiral Antony George NM, VSM, Chief Staff Officer (Training) who presented the awards and coveted wings to the graduating officers. In addition, the Chief guest also awarded the ‘Instructor Badge’ to six other officers, (five from the Indian Navy including a woman and another from Indian Coast Guard) who had successfully graduated as Qualified Navigation Instructors (QNI) on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Rear Admiral Antony George while complementing the graduating officers highlighted the fact that it is a landmark occasion wherein for the first-time women are going to be trained in helicopter operations which would ultimately pave way for the deployment of women in frontline warships of Indian Navy.

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