Kochi: Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi became the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy on Monday when she and two more trainee officers qualified as naval aviators. Vice Admiral AK Chawla of the Southern Naval Command presented “Wings” to the passing-out officers.

The award of the coveted golden “Wings” marks the culmination of their yearlong flying training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, and Indian Naval Air Squadron on INS Garuda in Kochi.

The aviators will now join the ‘Dornier Operational Flying Training’ course from mid-January 2020 before joining an operational maritime reconnaissance squadron.

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi from Muzaffarpur in Bihar was inducted into the Indian Navy in June 2018 under the short service commission scheme-Pilot entry scheme and was part of the 27th naval orientation course at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.

As part of her training, she has throttled Pilatus PC 7 Mk II, Basic Trainer at AFA and completed the Navy’s Dornier Conversion Course.

Lieutenant Shivam Pandey bagged the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Rolling trophy for topping in overall order of merit.

Sayan Chatterjee

Sayan Chatterjee, is a commerce and communication graduate from Howrah, West-Bengal, India. Post his small stint with print journalism in Kolkata, West-Bengal, India he moved to the capital of the country back in 2010 with a full-time job as a communication professional. Since, then Sayan, have been working as a media and communication professional for last nine years now. As a communication and media professional he has handled communication mandates for influential and reputed client sets from different business domains all through. At present, Sayan primarily drive the senior media relations, overall project measurement as a strategic media resource for his present organization i.e Avian WE. Sayan, zealously contributes independently for print and online publications in India and abroad and is a DCC (Defence Correspondent’s Course, MoD) qualified Defence beat writer.

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