"Women were always there in the navy. Just that, they were not in the cockpit." And then came Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi, changed the course of history with her achievements and became the first naval woman pilot in the Indian Navy. Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi joined operational duties in Kochi naval base today and our hearts are beaming with pride for her. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft.
While talking about her operational duties and this huge achievement, she said "It's a proud feeling for me, my parents and it's a different feeling. I have been craving for this since a very long time and finally, it is here, I cannot express it...it's a great feeling. I am looking forward to complete my third stage of training."
Indian Navy officials: Sub Lieutenant Shivangi today became the first naval women pilot as she joined operational duties in Kochi naval base. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy. https://t.co/2Atjwl8kal pic.twitter.com/biqfG9Ff3u— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2019
She further added, "Women were always there in the Navy. They were not in the cockpit. Observers were there. This is something different...woman in the cockpit for the first time. It will create more opportunity for other women who want to join Defence...maybe they will start going for choppers and fighters."
24-year-old Shivangi was born in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and completed her schooling from DAV Public school. Reportedly, she completed her training at the Indian Naval Academy last year and came to Kochi to train with the Indian naval air squadron, the INAS 550.