New Delhi, December 3
The Indian Navy has deployed 28 female officers aboard some 15 frontline warships, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, and this number is expected to increase and more such appointments are planned.
Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy Day, Navy Chief of Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar said on Friday that female officers had been appointed aboard all the main warships of the force.
He said the Navy was fully prepared to âinduct and absorbâ women into a wide range of roles and responsibilities within the force.
âIn line with the Indian government’s goal of empowering women, we have taken steps to provide additional opportunities for women naval officers. Women officers have been appointed aboard almost all major warships, âsaid the new naval chief.
Separately, officials said 28 female officers have so far been deployed to 15 large warships and that their numbers will soon increase as more such appointments arrive.
Admiral Kumar said the modalities for downstream training of women as cadets at the National Defense Academy are being developed.
âThe Navy is fully prepared in all aspects to induct and absorb women into the wide range of roles and responsibilities,â said the Chief of the Navy.
He also said that the integration of women officers in the IT branch will start from June of next year.
The officials cited above said that female officers have been deployed to a number of stealth frigates, guided missile destroyers and tankers.
The Navy is also planning to deploy female officers aboard India’s first aircraft carrier Vikrant when it enters service in August next year.
The 40,000-ton warship, built at a cost of around Rs 23,000 crore, has more than 2,300 compartments designed for a crew of around 1,700, including specialized cabins to accommodate female officers.
In September of last year, the Navy announced the deployment of two female officers to conduct flying missions from warships.
The Navy celebrates December 4 as Navy Day to commemorate its daring attack on the port of Karachi and its decisive victory in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.
âThis year, however, is special as we close 50 years of this historic event and celebrate it as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’,â Admiral Kumar said. PTI