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In a 1st, air reconnaissance operation by all-woman Navy team

Aug 25, 2022

Breaking another glass ceiling in the armed forces, an all-women naval crew carried out the first independent operational maritime reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the North Arabian Sea onboard a Dornier-228 patrol aircraft. 

The Navy said the “historic” mission flown from its frontline INAS 314 air squadron in Porbandar was captained by Lt Commander Aanchal Sharma, with the other members being pilots Lt Shivangi and Lt Apurva Gite, and tactical and sensor officers, Lt Pooja Panda and Sub Lt Pooja Shekhawat (see photo), on Wednesday. 

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