Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM took charge as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff on January 4, 2024. In his inaugural act, he paid homage to the fallen heroes with a floral wreath at the National War Memorial. Prior to his current appointment, Vice Admiral Tripathi served as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
An alumnus of Sainik School Rewa and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Vice Admiral Tripathi was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1985. Specializing in Communication and Electronic Warfare, he held key roles on frontline warships, including Signal Communication Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer, and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Missile Destroyer INS Mumbai. His command roles include Indian Naval Ships Vinash, Kirch, and Trishul.
With a distinguished career, Vice Admiral Tripathi held significant operational and staff appointments, including Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet in Mumbai, Director of Naval Operations, Principal Director Network Centric Operations, and Principal Director Naval Plans in New Delhi. Promoted to Rear Admiral, he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at NHQ and as the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.
In June 2019, Vice Admiral Tripathi was appointed as the Commandant of the prestigious Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala, upon his elevation to the rank of Vice Admiral. He subsequently served as the Director General of Naval Operations and later as the Chief of Personnel, ensuring the Navy remained combat-ready despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
An accomplished scholar, Vice Admiral Tripathi graduated from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and attended the Naval Higher Command Course and Naval Command College at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in 2007-08. He was awarded the Thimmaiya Medal and the prestigious Robert E Bateman International Prize during his time at the US Naval War College.
Vice Admiral Tripathi, a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Nausena Medal for devotion to duty, is not only a keen sports enthusiast but also follows tennis, badminton, and cricket avidly. Beyond his military pursuits, he is a dedicated student of international relations, military history, and the art and science of leadership. Vice Admiral Tripathi is married to Mrs Shashi Tripathi, an artist and homemaker, and the couple has one son, a practicing lawyer, married to Tanya, who works in the policy-making domain.