This will happen for the first time… when the command of the Army and Navy will be in the hands of two classmates

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: This will be the first time in Indian military history that two classmates, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi and Admiral Dinesh Tripathi, will be the service chiefs of the Indian Army and Navy. Navy Chief Admiral Dinesh Tripathi and the new Army Chief, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, who hail from Sainik School Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, studied together till Class 5 in the early 1970s. The roll numbers of the two officers were also close to each other. Lieutenant General Dwivedi's roll number was 931 and Admiral Tripathi's was 938.

Both of them have been very good friends since their early school days and have always been in touch despite living in different places. A defence official who knows both the officers said that good friendship between the leadership in the army is very important in strengthening the working relationship between the services.

Defence Ministry spokesperson A Bharat Bhushan Babu tweeted that this rare honour of training two brilliant students, who will lead their respective armies 50 years later, goes to the Sainik School at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. The appointments of the two classmates have also taken place at almost the same time, i.e. at an interval of about two months. The Admiral took command of the Indian Navy on May 1, while Lieutenant General Dwivedi will take over as the new Army Chief tomorrow, June 30.

Lt Gen Dwivedi has had a long tenure as the Northern Army Commander, where he has extensive experience of operations in the ongoing military standoff at the LAC in eastern Ladakh. Born on 1 July 1964, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi was commissioned into the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles of the Indian Army on 15 December 1984.

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