Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi becomes the first woman pilot in the Indian Navy

Nellie Chapman
December 4, 2019

Twitter users heaped praise and tweeted congratulatory messages on Monday as Sub Lieutenant Shivangi became the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, joining operational duty in Kochi.

"You don't need to be super talented to fly an aircraft, but you need to work really hard and stay focused", she says.

Shivangi was commissioned into the Navy previous year after her initial training, the report added.

"Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Shivangi created history as the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course", the Navy said in a statement. "Woman in the cockpit for the first time", Shivangi said.

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Later, interacting with the media, she said she started dreaming of becoming a pilot ever since she saw a chopper carrying a minister landed in the neighbourhood of her grand parents' place in Bihar during her childhood.

She was commissioned into the Navy in June previous year.

Shivangi, who joined the force just two days ahead of the Navy Day, also thanked the Navy staff and Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) for their support.

In August this year, the Indian Air Force's Wing Commander S. Dhami become the first female officer in the country to become the flight commander of a flying unit.

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