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Indian Navy’s all-female crew completes first solo maritime mission

Women officers in the Indian Navy made history when they flew a Dornier 228 on the first-ever all-female autonomous maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea. Five officers from the Indian Navy Air Squadron (INAS) 314 stationed at the Naval Air Enclave in Porbandar, Gujarat, completed the mission.

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About the Maritime Surveillance Mission over Arabian Sea:

  • Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma, the mission commander, piloted the plane while assisted by Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite, Lt Pooja Panda, and SLt Pooja Shekhawat, tactical and sensor officers.
  • The women officers underwent extensive mission briefings and months of ground training in preparation for this historic sortie, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence.
  • Frontline Naval Air Squadron INAS 314 is stationed in Porbandar, Gujarat.
  • This “first-of-its-kind military flying operation” is anticipated to open doors for female aviation cadre officers to take on more responsibility and strive for more difficult roles.

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