Women Power In Indian Navy: Female Officers As Airborne Tacticians

They are a part of a 17 officers group of the Indian Navy which has four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard.

Jessica David

September 23, 2020

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For the first time in the history of the Indian Naval Aviation, two women officers have been selected to join as “Observers” (Airborne Tacticians) in the helicopter stream. They are the crew of the Multi-role Helicopters – presently the Seakings and will later be on the crew of MH-60R anti-submarine helicopters. It means that they will be the first women airborne combatants and would be operating from warships. According to the Indian Navy, entry of women was earlier restricted to the fixed-wing aircraft and these fixed-wing aircraft would take off and land ashore.

The officers – Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Kumudini Tyagi and SLt Riti Singh have been selected as ‘Observers.’ They are a part of a group of 17 officers of the Indian Navy which has four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard (13 officers of Regular batch and four women officers of Short Service Commission batch) They were awarded “Wings” on graduating as “Observers” on Monday (September 21) at a ceremony in INS Garuda, Kochi.

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