The Indian Navy is set to make a historic mark by appointing female crew on the war frontlines. “Things are changing in the Indian Navy every day. The navy is giving everybody an opportunity every day. Yes, we’re breaking barriers every day but there are a lot of opportunities coming up every day.” said one of the officers.
In a historic moment for the Indian Navy, Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh are soon to become the first women combatants to operate as specialists onboard Navy helicopters which are guided from warship decks. This will be a historic step towards gender equality in the Indian Navy. Women have never been a part of the onboard crew on frigates for long durations despite being an important part of Defence logistics and medical officers. This is because of a variety of reasons such as no proper privacy for women in crew quarters and no provisions of the female only bathroom facilities.
Two young female officers are now being trained to control a set of sensors onboard the navy multi-faceted helicopters. These also include sonar consoles and the Intelligence, Survelliance and Reconnaissance (ISR) payloads. During the war, the women will detect enemy vessels such as submarines and warships with the help of them regulating the onboard sensors. The women will also be capable of giving targeted outputs to the pilots of war helicopters. The helicopters fire weapons like, torpedoes or anti-ship missiles.
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Sub Lieutenant Singh expressed: “Things are changing in the Indian Navy every day. The navy is giving everybody an opportunity every day. Yes, we’re breaking barriers every day but there are a lot of opportunities coming up every day. Whatever role the Indian Navy gives us, we will gladly take them. Our training has been really rigorous. We’ve both completed over 60 hours of training… We take pressure and tension bang on. We don’t get worked up,” she added. Singh is a fourth-generation defense officer revealed it to NDTV.
According to inputs by NDTV, It is expected that the two officers will eventually fly on the navy’s new MH-60 R helicopters, 24 of which are on order. Widely considered the most advanced multi-role helicopters of their class in the world, the MH-60R is designed to detect enemy ships and submarines which can be engaged using missiles and torpedoes. (sic.) (Source: HT)