Indian Navy's All Woman Aircrew Creates History
5 officers of INAS 314 of the Indian Navy based at Naval Air Enclave, Porbandar created history by completing the first all-female independent maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea on 3 Aug 2022 aboard a Dornier 228 aircraft.
The mission was carried out by five officers of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 314 based at Naval Air Enclave in Porbandar, Gujarat.
The aircraft was captained by the Mission Commander, Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma.
His team consisted of Pilots Lt Shivangi and Lt Apoorva Geete and Tactical and Censor Officer Lt Pooja Panda and SLT Pooja Shekhawat.
The ground training and extensive mission briefings were provided to the women officers ahead of this historic flight.
This will pave the way for women officers in the aviation cadre to assume more responsibility and aspire for more challenging roles.
It is a pioneering initiative in women empowerment which includes induction of women pilots, selection of women air operations officers in the helicopter stream and piloting a women's sailing expedition around the world in 2018.
Indian Naval Air Squadron 314
The sixth Dornier aircraft squadron was commissioned on 29 November 2019 at a ceremony held at Naval Air Enclave, Porbandar.
It marks another milestone in efforts towards enhancing maritime security and surveillance footprint in the North Arabian Sea.
It is a frontline naval air squadron that operates the state-of-the-art Dornier 228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
The squadron is commanded by Commander SK Goel, a qualified Navigation Instructor.
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