Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh have been deployed as “Observers” onboard the warships, becoming the first women air combatants to be posted on frontline warships.
For the first time ever, two women officers of the Indian Navy have been posted on frontline warships as a part of the ship’s crew. Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh have been deployed as “Observers” onboard the warships, becoming the first women air combatants to be posted on frontline warships.Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Kochi tweeted the images of the two women officers with the caption: “Another glass ceiling set to be broken”. The tweet added: “Sub Lt Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lt Riti Singh selected for operating as ‘Observers’ (Tactical officers) in the helicopter stream.”
Another Glass Ceiling set to he broken!!
02 lady officers, Sub Lt Kumudini Tyagi & Slt Riti Singh selected for operating as "Observers" (Tactical offrs) in the helicopter stream @indiannavy, paving way for women air combatants operating from frontline warships#HarKaamDeshKeNaam pic.twitter.com/1r4h3Zckox
— PRO Defence Kochi (@DefencePROkochi) September 21, 2020
A News18 report quoted Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal as saying: “They would in effect be the first set of women airborne combatants who would be operating from warships. Earlier, entry of women was restricted to the fixed wing aircraft that took off and landed ashore.”
The report added that Indian Navy officers Tyagi and Singh are among 17 officers who were honoured with 'Wings' upon graduating as Observers at a ceremony held on September 21 at INS Garuda, Kochi. Four other women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard unit – including 13 officers of regular batch and four women officers of the Short Service Commission batch – were also awarded wings.
Rear Admiral Antony George NM, VSM, Chief Staff Officer (Training), presented the awards and wings to the graduating officers. He also lauded the landmark occasion as a historic first. George highlighted that women officers being trained in helicopter operations would pave the way for more women deployed on frontline warships.