Dornier aircraft Current Affairs - 2019

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Sub-lieutenant Shivangi:  India Navy’s First Woman Pilot

The Indian Navy got its first woman pilot (a front-line combat role) as ‘Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi’ completed her operational training in Kochi, Kerala. She received her ‘golden wings’ from Vice Admiral AK Chawla, and will fly the Naval Dornier surveillance aircraft.

Key Highlights

A batch of 3 trainee officers of 7th Dornier Conversion Course (DOCC) including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded Golden ‘Wings’ at a ceremony held at INS Garuda. Vice Admiral, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command was Chief Guest for ceremony who presented ‘Wings’ to passing out officers, signifying their qualification as naval aviators. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), South Rolling Trophy for standing 1st in overall order of merit was awarded to Lieutenant Shivam Pandey.

‘Wings Significance’: The award of ‘Wings’ marks culmination of 1 year of flying training at Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal and Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, INS Garuda in Kochi. From here on, these pilots will join ‘Dornier Operational Flying Training’ course at INAS 550 from mid-January 2020. This will be prior to joining an operational Maritime Reconnaissance squadron.

About Sub-lieutenant Shivangi

She has created history as first woman pilot of Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course. She is a native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar. She was inducted into Indian Navy under Short Service Commission (SSC)-Pilot entry scheme and was commissioned into the Navy in June 2018. She was part of 27th Naval orientation course (NOC) at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. As part of her training, She has flown Pilatus PC 7 MkII, Basic Trainer at Air Force Academy (AFA) as well as completed Dornier Conversion with Indian Navy at Kochi. To become a fully operational pilot on Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) aircraft, she will continue her training at INAS 550, which is the Dornier squadron at INS Garuda.

INAS 313: 5th Dornier aircraft squadron commissioned into Indian Navy

Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313, the 5th Dornier Aircraft Squadron was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Air Enclave, Meenambakkam, Chennai. The INAS 313 has been named as ‘Sea Eagle.’ It is commanded by Cdr Vivek Koman, experienced Dornier test pilot with extensive operational experience.

About INAS 313

It derives its name Sea Eagle from bird of prey family Accipitridae. The insignia (emblem) of squadron depicts- Greater Spotted Eagle searching over vast blue and White Sea waves, which symbolises the envisaged role of squadron.

Operational: It will be operating from Chennai International Airport. With commissioning of INAS 313, Tamil Nadu will now have 3 naval air bases, which is highest number for any Coastal State. Other two air bases in Tamil Nadu are INS Rajali at Arakkonam and INS Parundu at Ramnad.

Dornier aircraft: Squadron will operate Dornier aircraft. It is a multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), under license from RUAG Aerospace. Dornier is used for maritime surveillance, Search and Rescue Operations and to provide targeting data to weapon platforms.

Significance

Commissioning of INAS 313 marks another milestone in Indian Navy’s efforts towards enhancing maritime security and safeguarding nation’s maritime interests.

To maintain an edge over its adversaries in defence preparedness India needs to be constantly monitor developing geo-political situation in the region and thus it is necessary to maintain surveillance over Bay of Bengal, Palk Bay and adjoining regions.

The strategic position of squadron will give India dominance over North Eastern part of Indian Ocean which also consists of trade routes.