Bihar’s Sub Lieutenant Shivangi Becomes Indian Navy’s First Woman Pilot

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Sub Lieutenant Shivangi hailing from Bihar’s Muzzafarpur district became the first naval women pilot of India. She was handed operational duties in Kochi Naval Base on December 2. She will be flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy.

“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,” officials of Indian Navy said.

“I have been craving for this since a very long time & finally it is here, so it’s a great feeling. I am looking forward to complete my 3rd stage of training,” Sub Lieutenant Shivangi said.

Shivangi cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) at Bhopal but failed to make the final list. In 2018, she attended another SSB in Bengaluru and made it to the final list. She attended a six-month-long Naval Orientation Course at the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala and spent six months practicing on a Pilatus basic trainer at the Air Force Academy (AFA).

She has spent the last six months with the Kochi-based Indian Naval Air Squadron 550, called ‘Flying Fish’, where she learned to fly the Dornier aircraft. Indian Navy will induct two other women pilots- Sub Lt. Divya and Sub Lt. Shubhangi by December-end.

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