The Navy of India has appointed the first woman commanding officer in a naval ship in line with the Navy’s philosophy of “all roles-all ranks” to deploying women in the service, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar said, Report informs.

Sources told The Indian Express that the officer, a Lieutenant Commander, would be commanding INS Trinkat, a fast attack craft based in the western seaboard.

She is yet to take over the new role.

This was the first time that a woman officer would assume command of a ship. As per sources, the officer is a qualified navigation instructor and has been involved in training observers inducted into the Navy.