Navy’s first all-female crew completes maritime reconnaissance mission | Latest India News

Five Indian Navy officers completed the first all-female independent maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea aboard a Dornier 228 aircraft on August 3.

In a tweet, the Indian Navy said it was a historic moment for the country as it was the first time an all-female team took over the surveillance mission in the Arabian Sea. North. The mission was carried out by five officers from INAS (Indian Navy Air Squadron) 314, based in Porbandar, Gujarat, the tweet continues.

The aircraft was commanded by the mission commander, Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma, and was accompanied by pilots, Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite, and tactical and sensor officers, Lt Pooja Panda and Lt Pooja Shekhawat. The squadron is commanded by Cdr SK Goyal, a qualified navigation instructor.

Calling the mission a symbol of ‘nari shakti’ (women’s power), the MoD said female officers received months of ground training and comprehensive mission briefings ahead of the historic sortie. .

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Calling the mission a military flight, the first of its kind, the ministry added: “The Indian Navy has been a forerunner in transforming the armed forces. Her impressive and pioneering female empowerment initiatives include integrating female pilots, selecting female flight operations officers into the helicopter mainstream, and leading an all-female sailing circumnavigation expedition around the world in 2018”.

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Indian Naval Air Squadron 314, the sixth squadron of Dornier aircraft, was commissioned at Naval Air Enclave, Porbandar, on the coast of Gujarat in November 2019. The squadron occupies a very strategic location and plays a crucial role in the improving the surveillance footprint in the North Arabian Sea. .


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