Indian Navy deploys its first Batch of Women Pilots.

The Indian Navy deployed its first batch of women pilots on Dornier Aircraft at Kochi on October 22, 2020. The deployment was done by the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy.


  • The first batch include three women pilots – Lieutenant Divya Sharma, Lieutenant Shivangi and Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop.
  • The three women pilot were trained with both the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy before the Dornier Operational Flying Training (DOFT) course. Under the DOFT course, lieutenants are graduated as “fully operational maritime pilots”.

Women in Defence

Women were inducted in to the Defence services in 1992 for the first time. Initially,  they were allowed to serve as Short Service Commission Officers. They were allowed to serve only for 6 years that was later increased to 14 years. During 1888, Women were allowed to serve as nurses. Currently, 35000 women are serving in the Indian Defence Forces. However, till 2015, they were restricted from being deployed in combat role. In 2015 women were inducted into Air Force for the first time. Now, Indian Air Force allow women for support roles and trainer roles. Recently, In September 2020, women officers joined as observers in the Helicopter stream of Indian Navy and were awarded wings after they graduated as “Observers” in INS Garuda, Kochi which are now being deployed.