In a historic first, 2 Rewa Sainik School classmates lead Indian Army & Navy

Navy Chief Dinesh Kumar Tripathi and Army Chief Upendra Dwivedi both attended Sainik School, Rewa.
Gen Upendra Dwivedi
Gen Upendra Dwivedi

New Delhi: General Upendra Dwivedi has assumed the office of 30th Army Chief. On Sunday, he took charge as the Chief of Army Staff, now sitting in the Army Chief’s office on the first floor of the South Block. Just a few rooms away his childhood friend and classmate, Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi heads the Indian Navy, and became the 26th Navy Chief a few months ago.

Navy Chief Dinesh Kumar Tripathi and Army Chief Upendra Dwivedi both attended Sainik School, Rewa. Their friendship, strong since school days, now sees them united in facing national adversaries. General Dwivedi and Admiral Tripathi were students at Sainik School Rewa in Madhya Pradesh from 1973 to 1981.

This marks a unique occurrence where two classmates from the same school have reached top positions in two critical branches of the Indian Armed Forces. Their story is an inspiration, and their friendship will be remembered for decades.

The two friends will now work in the same building. Although Admiral Tripathi was ready to welcome his friend Army Chief Upendra Dwivedi to the South Block, responsibilities kept him from doing so. Tripathi, being on an official visit to Bangladesh, couldn’t personally welcome Dwivedi.

However, for the next two years, they will often meet in the same building, regularly collaborating to secure India’s borders and enhance unity among the armed forces.

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