Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi has assumed charge as Chief of Personnel today, on June 1, 2021. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy Khadakwasla and was commissioned in the Navy on July 01, 1985. The Flag Officer is a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare and has served on frontline warships of the Navy as Signal Communication Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mumbai.
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 Bateman International Prize.
He has commanded INS Vinash, INS Kirch and INS Trishul and 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.
The Flag Officer has commanded the Eastern Fleet from January 15, 2018 to March 30, 2019. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral in Jun 2019, the Flag Officer was appointed as the Commandant of the prestigious Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala. The Academy was awarded the President's Colour in Nov 2019 by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He was the Director General of Naval Operations, from July 29, 2020 till May 31, 2021, a period that witnessed a very high tempo of naval/ maritime operations. He ensured that Navy remained a Combat Ready, Cohesive and Credible force, ready to tackle security challenges in the wake of situation on the LAC, in Western Arabian sea/ Gulf region and other hot spots despite all round severity of COVID Pandemic.
Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Nausena Medal for devotion to duty. The Flag Officer is a keen Student of International Relations, Military History, and art & science of Leadership.