Republic Day parade: Air Operations Officer Lt Commander Disha Amrith to Lead Indian Navy Contingent

Lt Commander Disha Amrith (29) was a member of the National Cadet Corps Republic Day squad in 2008 and hoped to march with one of the three services at the ceremonies in Delhi.

Lt Commander Disha Amrith, a naval air operations official stationed at a critical location in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, will head the Indian Navy’s Republic Day contingent of 144 sailors, and its tableau will depict the ‘Nari Shakti’ in full force.

According to Navy officials, three women and five men would be among the Agniveers in the procession at Kartavya Path in Delhi.
Another officer, Sub-Lt Valli Meena S, would be one of the contingent’s three platoon leaders.
Amrith (29) earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from BMS College of Engineering in Karnataka and was a member of the National Cadet Corps Republic Day squad in 2008, with the goal of marching with one of the three services at the ceremonies in Delhi.

“I’d been wanting to be a member of the Armed Forces’ Republic Day contingent since 2008. The Indian Navy has given me an incredible chance (to command the naval contingent) “She stated.
The Mangaluru-born officer joined the Navy in 2016 and was sent to a critical naval base in the Andaman and Nicobar islands after finishing her training in 2017.

“I am a Dornier aircraft aviator and have been flying missions in the plane,” she explained.

Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar stated last month that the Navy is considering opening all of its branches to women beginning in 2023.
Amrith shared her story, saying she had always desired to be a member of the armed services, which was partially influenced by her parents. “My father likewise wanted to serve in the military but was unable to do so. I am honoured to be a member of the Navy and will continue to serve with fervour and devotion “She stated.

When asked about the difficulties that women encounter in the military, Amrith stated, “I got stronger physically, mentally, and today I am more self-driven.” The Indian Navy’s famed brass band of 80 musicians, directed by M Antony Raj, would perform the Indian Navy Song ‘Jai Bharti’.
According to Vice Admiral Suraj Berry, Controller Personnel Services, the topic of the naval tableau would be “Indian Navy – Combat Ready, Credible, Cohesive, and Future Proof” (CPS).

He stated that the tableau is intended to emphasise the Indian Navy’s multidimensional capabilities as well as major indigenously developed and produced platforms.
“The tableau also intends to promote ‘Nari Shakti’ in the Indian Navy,” he explained.
The foreground of the tableau would include a female aircrew of a Dornier aircraft (flying overhead), showcasing an all-women crew of a reconnaissance mission conducted last year.
The primary component of the tableau will depict the Navy’s “Make in India” projects, with a replica of the new indigenous Nilgiri class ship and a Dhruv chopper deploying marine commandos taking centre stage. Cutout replicas of indigenous Kalvari Class submarines will be shown on the sides of the main part.

Three models of autonomous unmanned systems produced in-house as part of the IDEX-Sprint Challenge will be presented in the tableau’s back area.
As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Indian Navy hopes to include at least 75 technologies/products.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the sprint programme in July at the Naval Innovation and Indignation Organization Seminar.

According to the official, these goods are being developed under the Ministry of Defence’s innovation for defence excellence initiative and the Indian Navy’s Technology Development Acceleration Cell.
The Indian Navy agreed last month to allow women to join its top special troops, the Marine Commandos (Marcos). Women would be able to serve as commandos in any of the three armed forces as a result of the change.