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Indian NavyMeet Sub Lieutenant Anamika B Rajeev, Indian Navy's First Female Helicopter Pilot

Meet Sub Lieutenant Anamika B Rajeev, Indian Navy’s First Female Helicopter Pilot

The helicopter training school at INS Rajali, where SubLieutenant Anamika Rajeev trained, has a distinguished history of over fifty years and has trained 849 pilots from the Indian Navy, the Indian Coast Guard, and allied foreign nations.

In a historic moment for the Indian Navy, Sub-Lieutenant Anamika B Rajeev has shattered a significant glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to qualify as a helicopter pilot in the service’s history. This remarkable achievement was marked by the awarding of the prestigious “Golden Wings” at a ceremony held at the naval air station INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu.

Sub-Lieutenant Rajeev’s groundbreaking accomplishment comes after completing a demanding 22-week training program at Indian Naval Air Squadron 561, located at INS Rajali. This squadron, known for its rigorous standards and comprehensive training, is the alma mater for all helicopter pilots in the Indian Navy.

The ceremony, presided over by Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, recognized not only Sub-Lieutenant Rajeev but also 20 other officers who completed the training. Among them was Lieutenant Jamyang Tsewang, who also made headlines as the first commissioned naval officer from the Union Territory of Ladakh to qualify as a helicopter pilot.

Sub Lieutenant Anamika B Rajeev

Sub-Lieutenant Rajeev is now authorized to pilot several types of helicopters, including the Sea Kings, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Dhruvs, Chetaks, and the MH-60R Seahawks. These aircraft are crucial for a variety of naval missions, ranging from reconnaissance and surveillance to search and rescue and anti-piracy operations.

The Indian Navy has been making significant strides toward gender inclusivity and expanding career opportunities for women. This initiative aligns with the broader movement across the Indian Armed Forces to integrate women into more combat and leadership roles. For instance, in 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi of the Indian Air Force became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo, piloting a MiG-21 Bison.

Furthermore, the Navy recently appointed its first female commanding officer of a naval ship, underscoring its philosophy of “all roles-all ranks” for female personnel. This progressive inclusion mirrors the ongoing efforts within the Indian Army to open up new domains for women personnel.

The helicopter training school at INS Rajali, where Sub-Lieutenant Rajeev trained, has a distinguished history of over fifty years and has trained 849 pilots from the Indian Navy, the Indian Coast Guard, and allied foreign nations. Its reputation for professional excellence continues to grow as it prepares pilots for the challenges of modern naval warfare and peacetime operations.

Sub-Lieutenant Anamika B Rajeev’s entry into this elite group of aviators is not just a personal victory but a landmark event that paves the way for future generations of women in the Indian military, proving that the sky is truly the limit.

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