Mohammad Haroon

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Mohammad Haroon
Vice Admiral Mohammad Haroon.jpg
Born Lahore, Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy PNO 1241
Years of service 1971–2007
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Unit Naval Operations Branch (Submarine Squadron)
Commands held Naval attaché Pakistan Embassy
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans)
Commander Submarine Squadron (COMSUBS)
Commander Pakistan Fleet(COMPAK)
Commander Karachi (COMKAR)
Commander Logistics (COMLOG)
Chief of Staff (COS)
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
Battles/wars 1971 Indo-Pakistani War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
2002 Indo-Pakistani Standoff
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
War On Terror
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Vice-Admiral Mohammad Haroon, HI(M), SI (M), is a retired 3-star rank naval officer and the former Vice Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy. He got commission in the Operations branch in 1971. Mohammad Haroon joined the elite Submarine Squadron in 1972, He is the only officer in Pakistan Naval History to have commanded three Submarines and a Type 21 Frigate. He also has the longest sea time in years than any other officer in Pakistan Navy. He is a graduate of Naval War College, USA and did his National Defence Course from National Defence University, Islamabad. He retired from active service as Vice Chief Of Naval Staff in 2007.[1]

Naval career[edit]

As a junior officer, he served on board various units of the fleet and later joined submarine service in 1972. His important appointments include command of a Gun Boat, three Submarines & a Destroyer. He has also been Commander Submarine Squadron. His Staff appointments include Director Submarine Training Center, Commander Operations & Sea Training to Commander Submarine, DS War Wing National Defence College, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) at NHQ and a diplomatic assignment as Naval Attaché at New Delhi (India). His services in India were recognized and Mohammad Haroon was awarded with Tamgha-e-Basalat (Military) by the President of Pakistan.

He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1999 and then served as Director General (Training) JSHQ for two years. He was then appointed as Commander Karachi in 2000. He was appointed as Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters in December 2002 and was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral in the same month.[citation needed] He served as Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK) in the year 2004-05 and later appointed as Vice Chief of Naval Staff on 07 Nov 05.[2]

He is recipient of military awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha –i-Basalat.

Post Retirement[edit]

After his retirement from the Navy (2007) he joined Bahria University in February 2009 as the Chief Executive under the designation of Rector (President).[3] Since his appointment he has help change the way things were working in Bahria University. His untiring efforts helped Bahria University regain the "W" rating based by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He has been looking after different international linkages and has been successful in forming linkages with top notch Chinese Universities.[4] Mohammad Haroons work as Rector Bahria University streamlined previous administrative defects such as hiring of new professores, staff development, quality enhancement, policy formulation, assessment & evaluation, planning & development, capital handling, international & national collaborations, etc. He has been part of various educational conferences & seminars including 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (Malaysia), Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (Australia) & International Maritime Conference (Pakistan).

He is an avid reader and has always been an outstanding sportsman.[citation needed] He has also recently[when?] enrolled for a PhD in Military Studies.

Personal life[edit]

Mohammad Haroon hails from a military background. Basically he belongs to a village 477JB Alowal in District Toba Tek Singh. His father was Major in Pakistan Army. He is married and has five children. Mohammad Haroon loves to read. He is also an ace marksmen and an avid golfer. As a junior officer, he was also a top notch naval squash player. He has given lectures at different academic institutions due to his immense knowledge of the geopolitical situation of Southeast Asia and Maritime affairs. He recently delivered a lecture in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University[5]

Military Awards[edit]

  1. Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) (Military)
  2. Star of Excellence Sitara-e-Imtiaz.png Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) (Military)
  3. Medal of Good Conduct Tamgha-e-Basalat.png Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct)


  1. ^ "Haroon Appointed Vice Chief." Haroon Appointed Vice Chief of Naval Staff. Daily Times, 08 Nov. 2005. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. <>.
  2. ^ "Vice Admiral Mohammad Haroon Appointed Vice Chief of Naval Staff." Pakistan News Service - PakTribune. Pakistan Tribune, 07 Nov. 2005. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. <>
  3. ^ "Contact Us: Rector Bahria University." Bahria University. Bahria University, 04 Feb. 2009. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. <>.
  4. ^ "Bahira, Chinese Universities Sign MOU." Bahira, Chinese Universities Sign MOU. The News, 2 Oct. 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. <>.
  5. ^ "Rector Bahria University Delivers Lecture at Harvard." Bahria University. Bahria University, 3 Mar. 2010. Web. 22 Dec. 2011. <>.