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Visakhapatnam: Navy gets its first woman pilot

Visakhapatnam: Navy gets its first woman pilot
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A batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC), including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots were awarded the...

Visakhapatnam: A batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC), including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots were awarded the coveted golden "Wings" at a ceremony held at INS Garuda on Monday.

Vice Admiral AK Chawla, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command, attended as chief guest, presented the 'Wings' to the passing out officers, signifying their qualification as naval aviators.

The FOC-in-C South Rolling Trophy for standing first in overall order of merit was awarded to Lieutenant Shivam Pandey. Sub Lieutenant Shivangi created history as the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course.

The award of the 'Wings' marks the culmination of a-year-long of flying training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal and Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, INS Garuda in Kochi. These pilots will join the 'Dornier Operational Flying Training' course at INAS 550 from mid-January 2020, prior to joining an operational Maritime Reconnaissance squadron.

SLt 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 27th Naval orientation course (NOC) Course at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. She was commissioned into the Navy in June last year.

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