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Andaman & Nicobar Command’s Historic All-Women Maritime Surveillance Mission

Coinciding with International Women’s Day and the 40th anniversary of INAS 318, the Andaman & Nicobar Command achieved a significant milestone by conducting its first-ever all-women maritime surveillance mission. This landmark event underscores the commitment to gender equality and recognizes the indispensable role of women in national defense.

Mission Crew

The mission, based at INS Utkrosh, was executed by a proficient crew comprising three women officers:

  • Lieutenant Commander Shubhangi Swaroop
  • Lieutenant Commander Divya Sharma
  • Lieutenant Vaishali Mishra

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The women officers demonstrated expertise across various operational tasks, including:

  • Pre-flight briefing
  • Meteorological briefing
  • Medical check-up
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC) briefing

Commitment to Equality and Neutrality

The successful completion of the mission reaffirms the Andaman & Nicobar Command’s dedication to providing equal opportunities and fostering gender neutrality within the armed forces. It highlights the recognition of women’s invaluable contributions to defense and security.

INAS 318 Legacy

INAS 318, commissioned on March 8, 1984, has a rich history of surveillance operations. Initially equipped with Islander aircraft, it transitioned to Dornier aircraft in 1999, equipped with advanced Maritime Patrol Radars for enhanced surveillance capabilities.

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