Navy’s women pilots ready to scale new heights, create history


Siraj Kasim

Shivangi, who is the Navy’s first female pilot, completed her flight training at the Kochi Naval base while Divya Sharma and Shubhangi Swaroop completed their training at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.

Lieutenants Divya Sharma, Shivangi and Shubhangi Swaroop in front of the Dornier aircraft

Kochi: Lieutenants Shivangi, Divya Sharma and Shubhangi Swaroop have created history by becoming the first women pilots of Indian Navy. The trio is ready to scale new heights.

Shivangi, who is the Navy’s first female pilot, completed her flight training at the Kochi Naval base while Divya Sharma and Shubhangi Swaroop completed their training at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.

After completing their pilot training, all three underwent special training to operate Dornier aircrafts at the Kochi Naval base. The trio can be a part of all of the Navy’s operations including war.

“We are proud and happy to complete the training and become part of the Navy’s frontline. We are excited to be part of the Navy’s national security and rescue missions,” Shivangi said.

The trio completed eight months of training at the Kochi Naval base, which is the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy. They started their training at the Ezhimala Naval Academy. The Dornier aircrafts feature highly sophisticated surveillance radars, electronic sensors and networking capabilities.

Shivangi is a native of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. Divya Sharma is a resident of Malviya Nagar in Delhi while Shubhangi Swaroop is a resident of Tilhar in Uttar Pradesh.

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