Kochi: In a development that makes women swell with pride, 2 women officers have been selected as ‘Observers’ in Navy’s helicopter stream. This means that they would eventually be posted in frontline warships. 

The 2 women officers are Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Kumudini Tyagi and SLt Riti Singh. They would be operating from the deck of warships. 

The two are a part of a group of 17 officers of the Navy, including four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard, who were awarded 'Wings' on graduating as 'Observers' at a ceremony held at INS Garuda, Kochi, a Defence statement said.

The group comprised 13 officers of Regular batch and 4 woman officers of Short Service Commission batch.

The ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief Staff Officer (Training) who presented the awards and coveted wings to the graduating officers.

In addition, the chief guest also awarded the Instructor Badge to 6 other officers, (five from the Indian Navy including a woman and another from Indian Coast Guard) who had successfully graduated as Qualified Navigation Instructors (QNI).

The Rear Admiral Antony highlighted the fact that it was a landmark occasion wherein for the first-time women are going to be trained in helicopter operations which would ultimately pave way for the deployment of women in frontline warships of Indian Navy.

The officers of the 91st Regular course and 22nd SSC Observer course were trained in air navigation, flying procedures, tactics employed in air warfare, anti- submarine warfare and exploitation of airborne avionic systems.