Navy incorporating women-friendly facilities on aircraft carrier, modern ships: Vice Admiral

His comments come just days after 24-year-old sub-lieutenant Shivangi, became the first woman in the country to be inducted as a pilot in the Navy (PTI Photo)

The Indian Navy has a detailed and progressive roadmap to induct more women into the force and is engaged in strengthening women-friendly infrastructure onboard aircraft carriers and modern ships, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla said in Kochi Tuesday at an annual press conference on the eve of Navy Day. He said there are certain logistical issues to be taken care of so that the project does not end up a damp squib.

“We were the first service to induct women as officers in the combat and combat support arms back in July 1992. They were inducted into education, law and logistics branches. Progressively, we have started opening up other branches and specialisations to them and the latest one was the pilots in the maritime reconnaissance stream,” Chawla, the commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command, said.

The vice admiral continued, “The only issue we have had in the combat branch onboard ships, submarines and the aircraft that go to sea…are certain requirements of ergonomics. This is the same problem that Army is also facing in the combat and infantry arms where you come directly in contact with the enemy. So there are certain logistic issues which are gradually being sorted out. For example, on ships, we need separate accommodation and toilets for ladies which is happening on all modern…

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