Sub-lieutenant Shivangi, the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of India from the Kochi Naval base today.
"It is a proud feeling for me, my parents and it is, of course, a different feeling. I have been craving for this position since a very long time and finally, it is here, and I cannot express the feeling. It is really great," said the Sub-Lieutenant.
She also expressed her happiness to join her operational duties and added that she is looking forward to the third stage of her training.
In August this year, Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander S Dhami became the first female Flight Commander of a flying unit.
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth created history by becoming the first woman to qualify for combat missions on a fighter jet in May. he was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as one of the first women fighter pilots in 2016 with her colleagues Mohana Singh, and Avani Chaturvedi.
“Women were always there in the Navy stream. But they were not in the cockpit. Observers were there from years. This case is something different. Woman in the cockpit for the first time,” added Shivangi.
She added that there are opportunities for women who want to join defence starting from chopper and fighters.
Shivangi, the first naval woman pilot was born in the city of Muzaffarpur in Bihar.