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Watch | Shivangi gets ‘wings’ to fly

Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, awarding wings to Sub Lieutenant Shivangi at a ceremony in Kochi on Monday.

Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, awarding wings to Sub Lieutenant Shivangi at a ceremony in Kochi on Monday.  

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Creates history as first woman pilot of Indian Navy

A batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC), including a woman officer, qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded the coveted golden ‘wings’ at a ceremony held at INS Garuda here on Monday.

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi created history as the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course.

A native of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Sub Lt. Shivangi was inducted into the Indian Navy under the Short Service Commission (SSC) – pilot entry scheme, and was part of the 27th Naval orientation course at the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala.

She was commissioned into the Navy in June last year. As part of her training, Sub Lt. Shivangi has flown Pilatus PC 7 Mk II, Basic Trainer at AFA and completed Dornier Conversion with the Indian Navy at Kochi. She will continue her training at INAS 550, the Dornier squadron at INS Garuda, to become a fully operational pilot on Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) aircraft.

Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command, was the chief guest. He also presented ‘wings’ to passing-out officers, signifying their qualification as naval aviators.

Watch | Meet Sub Lieutenant Shivangi, First Woman Pilot Of Indian Navy

Rolling trophy

The FOC-in-C South Rolling Trophy for standing first in overall order of merit was awarded to Lieutenant Shivam Pandey. The award of the ‘wings’ marks the culmination of one year of flying training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal, and Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, INS Garuda in Kochi. The pilots will join the Dornier Operational Flying Training course at INAS 550 from mid-January 2020, prior to joining an operational maritime reconnaissance squadron.

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