The Indian Navy has appointed its first woman commanding officer in a naval ship, aligning with its commitment to the philosophy of ‘all roles-all ranks’ for female personnel, announced Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar. This groundbreaking decision reflects the Navy’s dedication to inclusivity and diversification of roles within its ranks. While details about the pioneering woman commanding officer were not disclosed, Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi highlighted the significance of having a woman officer in command of a small ship, anticipating a transformative impact.
Amidst increased operational activities in the strategic waters and the Indian Ocean, Admiral Kumar emphasized the Navy’s continuous vigilance, monitoring all activities in the region. Additionally, he provided insights into the progress of key projects, including the development of a deck-based twin-engine fighter aircraft expected by 2032. Furthermore, Admiral Kumar addressed diplomatic considerations regarding Indian military personnel in the Maldives, emphasizing the strong defence ties between the two nations and expressing readiness to comply with government decisions. The Navy’s commitment to capability enhancement and the empowerment of women in diverse roles remains a central focus for future-proofing the force.