Navy’s All-women Aircrew Creates History by Carrying Out Surveillance Mission Over North Arabian Sea

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Final Up to date: August 05, 2022, 09:05 IST

The women officers received months of ground training and comprehensive mission briefings in the run-up to the sortie. (Representational Image/File Photo)

The ladies officers obtained months of floor coaching and complete mission briefings within the run-up to the sortie. (Representational Picture/File Picture)

The plane was captained by Mission Commander, Lt Commander Aanchal Sharma, and different members of the staff are Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite (each pilots), and tactical and sensor officers, Lt Pooja Panda and Sub Lt Pooja Shekhawat

In a uncommon feat, 5 ladies officers of the Indian Navy carried out the primary impartial maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission within the North Arabian Sea onboard a Dornier plane. The Navy on Thursday described the mission by the ladies officers from its ‘INAS 314′ frontline naval air squadron in Porbandar as “historic”.

The plane was captained by Mission Commander, Lt Commander Aanchal Sharma, and different members of the staff are Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite (each pilots), and tactical and sensor officers, Lt Pooja Panda and Sub Lt Pooja Shekhawat. “On Wednesday, 5 officers of the Indian Navy’s INAS 314 primarily based at naval air enclave in Porbandar created historical past by finishing the primary all-women impartial maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission within the North Arabian Sea onboard a Dornier 228 plane,” spokesperson within the Indian Navy Commander Vivek Madhwal stated. The INAS 314 is a frontline naval air squadron primarily based at Porbandar, Gujarat and operates the state-of-the-art Dornier 228 maritime reconnaissance plane.

The ladies officers obtained months of floor coaching and complete mission briefings within the run-up to the sortie. Commander Madhwal stated the first-of-its-kind navy flying mission on Wednesday was distinctive and is anticipated to pave the best way for girls officers within the aviation cadre to imagine better duty and aspire for tougher roles. “It maybe marks a singular achievement for the armed forces {that a} crew of solely ladies officers undertook an impartial operational mission in a multi-crew maritime surveillance plane,” he stated.

“It was certainly a mission that showcased ‘Nari Shakti’ in its actual spirit,” he stated. The spokesperson stated the Indian Navy has been a front-runner in driving transformation within the armed forces.

“It is pioneering ladies empowerment initiatives embrace induction of girls pilots, choice of ladies air operations officers into the helicopter stream and conducting an all-women crusing circumnavigation expedition throughout the globe in 2018,” he stated.

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