Sub Lt Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lt Riti Singh


Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh have become the first women airborne combatants in the Indian Navy. They will operate helicopters from the deck of warships, a job that was previously handled only by male officers. Sub Lt Singh, who hails from Hyderabad, is the third generation in her family to serve in the armed forces. Her grandfather was in the army and her father is a former naval officer.

Sub Lt Tyagi, who hails from Ghaziabad, wanted to be inducted into the Indian Navy in a combat role. Both the officers were commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2018 and are engineering graduates in computer science. They were among a group of 17 officers who were awarded ‘wings’ at the graduating ceremony held on September 21 at INS Garuda, Kochi. They are trained in air navigation, flying procedures, tactics employed in air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and exploitation of airborne avionic systems.

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