On 19 Jun 2013, a Coast Guard maritime reconnaissance aircraft had taken off in the skies of Daman and adjoining Arabian Sea with all women crew comprising of Asst Comdt Neetu Singh Bartwal (Captain of the aircraft), Asst Comdt Neha Murudkar (pilot in command) and Asst Comdt Shristi Singh (Co-pilot). This Flight was a maiden all women flight by ICG Dornier in the history of Indian Coast Guard and was undertaken from Coast Guard Air Station Daman situated on the Western Sea Board of the country.
This achievement was possible with passing out of 1st Short Service Entry (observers) course comprising of 03 women officers who had undergone long drawn training in various Naval and Coast Guard establishments for qualifying as an air borne tactician. These women officers had toiled long hours gaining proficiency in handling Dornier aircraft and sensors, for safeguarding the maritime borders of India. During this mission the crew flew over one hour and landed safely with a warm welcome by Station Commander, Officers and men of Coast Guard Air Station Daman applauding the milestone achieved.
The first all women flight has not only brought laurels to the Indian Coast Guard but also to the women fraternity proving exceptional skills and commitment to the nation.