Women deployed aboard Indian Navy warships after almost 25 years

Women deployed aboard Indian Navy warships after almost 25 years

To mark the International Women’s Day, the Indian Navy has deployed four women officers on the warships after a hiatus of almost 25 years. As per a report in Hindustan Times, the Navy looks forward to come up with more roles said sources.

India’s only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and fleet tanker INS Shakti are the warships that have been assigned their first women crews since the late-1990s, said one of the officials cited above, asking not to be named. In a short-lived experiment, women from the navy’s logistics and medical branches were deployed on fleet tanker INS Jyoti in 1997.

“Two women officers each have been assigned duties aboard INS Vikramaditya and INS Shakti. The numbers will only increase in the coming years with future warships having separate berthing facilities for women,” said a second official. While the aircraft carrier now has a woman air traffic controller and a logistics officer, the tanker’s crew includes a woman doctor and a logistics officer, he said. Excluding the medical wing in which women have served for decades, the navy accounts for 704 women officers who form 6.5% of the overall officer cadre. To mark Women’s Day, the navy on Monday released a video shot aboard INS Shakti with messages from the two women officers posted on the tanker.

With a woman air traffic controller and a logistics offer on the aircraft carrier, the fleet would have a woman doctor and a logistics officer. Excluding the medical wing in which women have served for decades, the navy accounts for 704 women officers who form 6.5% of the overall officer cadre.

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