Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh will be the first women officers who will be positioned on Navy warships.
Though the Indian Navy does employ several women officers in its ranks, women have, so far, not been on board on warships for a longer duration due to a number of reasons, including the lack of privacy in crew quarters and the availability of gender-specific bathroom facilities.
Sub Lieutenant Singh, a fourth-generation armed forces officer, told NDTV,” Things are gradually changing in the Navy. The Navy is giving everyone an equal opportunity. 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”.
She further added, “ Our training has been extremely thorough. We’ve both completed over sixty hours of training. We take pressure and tension bang on. We don’t get worked up,”
Sub Lieutenant Tyagi, who is from Ghaziabad near Delhi, told NDTV. “We’ve been treated equally, whatever training our male counterparts received, we went through the same training. It is a huge responsibility, the task is challenging. We are looking forward to it”.
The two officers are a part of a group of 17 officers of the Navy that includes four women officers and three officers of the Indian Coast Guard, who were awarded ‘Wings’ on graduating as “Observers” at a ceremony held today at INS Garuda, a Navy said in a statement.