Indian Navy Gets Its First Woman Pilot

Shubhangi Swaroop

Shubhangi Swaroop, a native of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, has scripted history by becoming the first woman pilot in the Navy. The first batch of female officers passed out from the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kannur, on Wednesday (Nov 22).

“I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also,” Shubhangi told TOI. She will undergo pilot training at the Dundigal Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

“I will live up to the expectations of all and inspire more women officers to come to the Navy as pilots,” – Shubhangi Swaroop

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Family background

She has a younger brother, Shubham Swaroop, who is pursuing BSc Economics at the University of London international programme. Her mother, Kalpana Swaroop, is a secondary school teacher at Navy Children School, Visakhapatnam. Her father Gyan Swaroop is a serving Naval officer.

The father told Deccan Chronicle that his daughter was passionate about becoming a Navy pilot since childhood.

“After competing her BTech in biotechnology, she was eager to join the defence forces,” he said. She also showed great inclination towards adventure sports since childhood.

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“A national gold medallist in taekwondo and a passionate diver, she always dreamt of becoming part of the defence forces,” he added.

Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S have been inducted in the NAI branch.

“More and more women are interested to join the defence forces and this achievement will be an inspiration for others too,” they said.

Though the Indian Navy started inducting female officers in 1991, now the areas of induction have been expanded, said Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, who reviewed the passing out parade.
SheThePeople.Tv congratulates Shubhangi Swaroop for accomplishing the great feat.
Picture credit: Deccan Chronicle