<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the NavySwaroop, the daughter of a Naval commander is the first Naval woman pilot even though the Navy’s Aviation branch has had women officers operating as air traffic control officers and as ‘observers’ in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons.After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function here yesterday attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil LanbaAll the four will be undergoing subsequent professional training in their respective chosen branches before being employed on duty, Southern Naval spokesperson Commander Sreedhar Warrier said.Swaroop will be trained at the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.Swaroop has followed the footsteps Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who were commissioned as Flying Officers in the Indian Air Force last year in July becoming the first women fighter pilots in the country.Three other women cadets Rashi Raina, Shivangi Singh and Pratibha are currently undergoing the first stage of training to be fighter pilots.The Indian armed forces have begun opening new roles for women that had been dominated by men for decades.In a big step towards addressing gender biases in the armed forces, the Army also recently decided to induct women into military police.Currently women are recruited for selected roles in medical, education, legal, signals and engineering wings, and only as officers.The decision could be the first step before including women for combat duties in the Army.

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Indian Navy gets its first woman pilot