New Delhi: Heralding yet one more first within the historical past of Indian naval aviation, two girls officers have been chosen to affix as “Observers” (Airborne Tacticians) within the helicopter stream. Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh would be the first girls officers within the Indian Navy to embark on Navy warships as a part of ship’s crew.
“They would in effect, be the first set of women airborne combatants who would be operating from warships. Earlier, entry of women was restricted to the fixed-wing aircraft that took off and landed ashore,” Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal mentioned.
They’re to be a part of Multi-Position-Helicopters (MRH) crew.
These officers, Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh, are part of a bunch of 17 officers of the Indian Navy, together with 4 girls officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard (13 officers of Common batch and four lady officers of Brief Service Fee batch) who have been awarded “Wings” on graduating as “Observers” at a ceremony held on Monday at INS Garuda, Kochi.
“The ceremony was presided by Rear Admiral Antony George NM, VSM, Chief Staff Officer (Training) who presented the awards and coveted wings to the graduating officers,” Commander Vivek Madhwal mentioned.
As well as, the chief visitor additionally awarded the ‘Instructor Badge’ to 6 different officers, (5 from the Indian Navy together with a girl and one other from the Indian Coast Guard) who had efficiently graduated as Certified Navigation Instructors (QNI) on the event.
Talking on the event, complementing the graduating officers, Rear Admiral Antony George highlighted the truth that it’s a landmark event whereby for the first-time girls might be educated in helicopter operations which might in the end pave manner for the deployment of ladies in frontline warships of the Indian Navy
The officers of the 91st Common course and 22nd SSC Observer course have been educated in air navigation, flying procedures, ways employed in air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and exploitation of airborne avionic techniques. These officers would serve on-board Maritime Reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare plane of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.
From the 91st Common Observer Course, Lieutenant Hitesh Singh was awarded the Uttar Pradesh Trophy on being adjudged ‘First in the Overall Order of Merit’ whereas Lt Anuj Kumar was awarded the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Japanese Naval Command Trophy for being adjudged ‘Best in Flying’.
Lt Hitesh Singh was additionally awarded the Sub Lieutenant RV Kunte memorial Guide Prize on being adjudged ‘Best in Ground Subjects’.
From 22nd SSC Observer Course Sub Lieutenant Kreeshma R was awarded the Guide Prize for being adjudged ‘Best in Overall Order of Merit’.