Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 18:36 IST
Lt Commander Disha Amrith, a girl naval air operations official posted at a strategic base, will lead the Indian Navy’s Republic Day contingent of 144 younger sailors and its tableau will showcase the ‘Nari Shakti’ in drive.
Navy officers stated three girls and 5 males Agniveers will even take part within the parade at Kartavya Path.
Besides Amrith, one other lady officer — Sub Lt Valli Meena S — might be among the many three platoon commanders of the naval contingent.
A Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from BMS College of Engineering in Karnataka, 29-year-old Amrith was a part of the National Cadet Corps’s Republic Day crew in 2008 and harboured the dream of being a part of the marching contingents of one of many three companies at the celebrations in Delhi.
“Since 2008, I used to be nurturing this dream of being a part of the Republic Day contingent of the armed forces. It is an incredible alternative that the Indian Navy has given me (to lead the naval contingent),” she stated.
The officer, who hails from Mangaluru, got into the Navy in 2016 and has been posted at a key naval facility in the Andaman and Nicobar islands after completing her training in 2017.
“I am an aviator for Dornier aircraft and have been carrying out sorties in the plane,” she instructed PTI.
Last month, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar stated the Navy is trying at opening all its branches for ladies from 2023.
Sharing her expertise, Amrith stated she at all times wished to be a part of the armed forces and it was partly impressed by her mother and father as properly.
“My father additionally wished to be a part of the companies however couldn’t. I’m proud to be a part of the Navy and can proceed to serve the Navy with full zeal and dedication,” she said.
Asked about the challenges that women face in the forces, Amrith said, “I became stronger physically, emotionally and I am now more self-driven.” The famend brass band of the Indian Navy of 80 musicians might be led by M Antony Raj, taking part in the Indian Navy Song ‘Jai Bharti’.
The theme of the naval tableau can be ‘Indian Navy — Combat Ready, Credible, Cohesive and Future Proof,’ stated Vice Admiral Suraj Berry, the Controller Personnel Services (CPS).
He stated the tableau is designed with an goal to showcase the multi-dimensional capabilities of the Indian Navy in addition to spotlight key indigenously designed and constructed platforms.
“The tableau additionally goals to spotlight ‘Nari Shakti’ within the Indian Navy,” he told reporters.
The forward part of the tableau will showcase a woman aircrew of Dornier aircraft (flying overhead), highlighting the all-women crew of a surveillance sortie undertaken last year.
The main section of the tableau will illustrate the ‘Make in India’ initiatives of the Navy and model of the new indigenous Nilgiri class ship with a Dhruv helicopter deploying marine commandos will take the centre-stage. On the sides of the main section, cut out models of indigenous Kalvari Class submarine will be depicted.
In the rear section of the tableau, three models of autonomous unmanned systems being developed indigenously under IDEX-Sprint Challenge will be displayed.
The Indian Navy aims to induct at least 75 technology/product as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The sprint initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Naval Innovation and Indignation Organisation Seminar in July last year.
These products are being developed under the innovation for defence excellence scheme of the Ministry of Defence and Technology Development Acceleration Cell of Indian Navy, the official said.
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