Hasan Hafeez Ahmed

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Hasan Hafeez Ahmed
Birth name Hasan Hafeez Ahmed
Nickname(s) H.H. Ahmed
Born 1929
Died 9 March 1975
Buried at Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1947-1975
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Unit Surface Ship 25th Destroyer Squadron
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)
Commander North (COMNOR)
Comdnt. Pakistan Coast Guard
Commander Coast (COMCOAST)
Comdnt. Cadet College Petaro
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Operation Dwarka
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam (1965)

Vice Admiral Hasan Hafeez Ahmed, TQA (usually shortened to H.H. Ahmed) (died 9 March 1975), was a senior naval officer who served as the first Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy. Vice-Admiral H.H. Ahmed commanded Pakistan Navy from 1972 until his death on 9 March 1975. He was promoted by President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Chief of Naval Staff when Judge Advocate General Branch of Pakistan Defence Forces had sacked last Commander-in-Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Muzaffar Hassan. Vice Admiral Muzaffar Hassan, along with the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Gul Hassan Khan and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (General) Abdul Rahim Khan, were sacked by Judge Advocate General Branch by the order of then-civilian Martial Law Administrator President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in March 1972. He was a recipient of Tamgha-e-Qauid-e-Azam (TQA).

Naval career[edit]

Ahmed joined Pakistan Navy after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Having joined as non-commissioned officer, Ahmed was sent to Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Great Britain in 1950. Upon his return, he gained a commissioned in the Navy, and joined the Pakistan's 25th Destroyer Squadron as a Gunnery specialist. In 1965, as Lieutenant-Commander, Hasan participated in Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, and led Pakistan Coast Guard in numerous Patrolling missions. He was distinguished for his role in Operation Dwarka where he had participated in the mission on behalf of Pakistan Coast Guard. For his role, he was conferred with Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Medal of the Great Leader) in 1965.

After the war, in 1966, he was promoted as commander where he commanded the destroyer ship, and was later upgraded to Captain. He quickly rosed to the ranks, and, as Rear Admiral, became a commandant of Pakistan Coast Guard in 1971. During the time, Pakistan Coast Guard suffered the major human and infrastructure casualties as a result of successful Operation Trident commenced by the Indian Navy.

After the war, as many admirals were sacked, Rear-Admiral Ahmed commanded the Pakistan Fleet and Pakistan Coast, Headquarters. By the 1972, he became a senior naval official. In 1972, he was promoted by President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Chief of Naval Staff when Judge Advocate General Branch of Pakistan Defence Forces had sacked last Commander-in-Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Muzaffar Hassan. Vice Admiral Muzaffar Hassan, along with the Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff, were sacked by Judge Advocate General Branch by the order of then-civilian Martial Law Administrator President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in March 1972. He died in office in 1975.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Muzaffar Hassan
Chief of Naval Staff
1972 – 1975
Succeeded by
Mohammad Shariff