Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM
Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla was commissioned in the Navy on 01 July 1985. A Communication and Electronic Warfare specialist, he has served on frontline warships of the Indian Navy as Signal Communication Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer, and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Mumbai.
He has commanded INS Vinash, INS Kirch and INS Trishul. He has held various important operational and staff appointments which include Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet at Mumbai, Director of Naval Operations, Principle Director Network Centric Operations, Principal Director Naval Plans, and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at Naval Headquarters. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, where he was awarded the Thimmaiya Medal, Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi has attended Naval Higher Command Course and Naval Command College at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in 2007-08, where he won the Prestigious Robert E Bateman International Prize.
The Flag Officer has commanded the Eastern Fleet from 15 Jan 2018 to 30 Mar 2019. The successful completion of the Fleet Command tenure brought an end to about 20 years of cumulative Sea Service in his distinguished naval career of over 35 years. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral in June 2019, the Flag Officer was appointed as Commandant of the prestigious Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala, Kerala. The Academy was awarded the President’s Colour in November 2019 by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. On relinquishing command of INA in end July 2020, the Flag Officer has taken over as the Director General Naval Operations at IHQ MoD (N).
Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Nausena Medal for devotion to duty. He is also a keen sportsman and avidly follows Tennis, Cricket, Badminton and Golf. The Flag Officer is a keen Student of International Relations, Military History, and art & science of Leadership. He is married to Mrs Shashi Tripathi, an artist and homemaker, and the couple have one son, who is a practising law.