Chief of Naval Staff (Pakistan)
|Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan
Flag of the Chief of Naval Staff
|Ministry of Defence
Navy Secretariat-III at MoD
|Member of||Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of Pakistan
Minister of Defence
|Seat||Naval Headquarters (NHQ)
|Nominator||Prime Minister of Pakistan|
|Appointer||President of Pakistan|
|Term length||3 years
Renewable only once
|Formation||March 3, 1972|
|First holder||Vice-Admiral H. H. Ahmad|
|Succession||On basis of seniority, subjected to the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.|
|Unofficial names||Naval chief|
|Deputy||Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS)|
|Salary||According to Pakistan Military officer's Pay Grade(apex Scale)|
The Chief of the Naval Staff ((Urdu: سربراہ پاک بحریہ (reporting name as CNS), is a military appointment and a Statutory office held by the four-star rank admiral in the Pakistan Navy, who is nominated and appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and confirmed by the President of Pakistan.
The Chief of Naval Staff is one of the senior-most appointments in the Pakistan military who is one of the senior members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in a separate capacity, providing senior consultation to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to act as a principle military advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and its civilian government in the line of defending and safeguarding the expedition, maritime and sealine borders of the nation.:86
The Chief of Naval Staff exercise its responsibility of command and control of the operational, combatant, logistics, administration, and training commands within the Pakistan Navy, in a clear contrast to the U.S. Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Due to its responsibility and importance, the Chief of Naval Staff plays a critical role in assessing the coastal defence and conducting reconnaissance to insure its strike capability against aggressive forces.:88
In Principle, the appointment is constitutionally subjected for three years but extensions may be granted by the President upon recommendations and approvals from the Prime Minister. The Chief of Naval Staff is based on the Navy NHQ, and the current Chief of Naval Staff is Admiral Admiral Z.M. Abbasi serving as chief of naval staff, who took over the command as chief of naval staff on 6 October 2017.
The Pakistan Navy was created from the partition of the Royal Indian Navy after the India's partition on 14/15 August of 1947.:90 Direct appointments in the navy was in the responsibility of the British Admiralty who appointed Rear Admiral James Wilfred Jefford as Pakistan Navy's first Flag Officer Commanding (FOC).:47
The post was changed to Commander-in-Chief when Vice-Admiral Mohammad Siddiq Choudri became the first native naval commander in 1953, and the title changed from Commander in Chief to Chief of Staff in 1969 with Vice-Admiral Muzaffar Hassan acting as Commander-in-Chief and Rear-Admiral Rashid Ahmad as Chief of Staff.:52 On 20 March 1972, the renamed as "Chief of Naval Staff" (CNS) with Vice-Admiral H.H. Ahmed becoming the first chief of naval staff, though his rank was not elevated to four-star rank.:60–62
The term of the superannuation was then constrained to three years in the office as opposed to four years and was made a permanent member of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.:62 Since 1972, there has been 14 four-star rank admirals to be appointed as chief of naval staff by statute.The Prime Minister approved the nomination and appointment of the Chief of Naval Staff, with President confirming the Prime Minister's appointed choosing and nomination.
The leadership of the navy is based in the Navy NHQ located at the vicinity of Air AHQ, and Army GHQ staff offices that forms that JS HQ in the Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan. The CNS controls the navy, assisted by the civilians from the Navy Secretariat-III of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The Chief of Naval Staff exercise its responsibility of complete operational, training and logistics commands.:92–93 The CNS has several principle staff officer and controls the navy through six commands directed by its appointed deputy chiefs of naval staff, reporting to vice-chief of naval staff.
- DCNS Operations
- DCNS Training and Evaluation
- DCNS Materiels
- DCNS Supply
- DCNS Projects
- DCNS Personal
- DCNS Administration
The following is a list of Admirals who have served as the either Commander-in-Chief or the Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy.
|Order||Name||Rank||Portrait||Appointment Date||Left Office||Decorations|
Naval Commanders-in-Chief, Pakistan Navy (RN Rear-Admiral)
|1||James Wilfred Jefford||Rear-Admiral||15 August 1947||30 January 1953||CB, CBE|
|2||Haji Mohammad Siddiq Choudri||Vice-Admiral||31 January 1953||28 February 1959||HPk, HI(M), MBE|
|3||Afzal Rahman Khan||Vice-Admiral||1 March 1959||20 October 1966||HPk, HJ, HQA|
|4||Syed Mohammad Ahsan||Vice-Admiral||20 October 1966||31 August 1969||HQA, SPk, DSC|
|5||Muzaffar Hassan||Vice-Admiral||1 September 1969||22 December 1971||HQA, SPk, SKh|
Chiefs of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy
|1||Hasan Hafeez Ahmed||Vice-Admiral||3 March 1972||9 March 1975||TQA|
|2||Mohammad Shariff||Admiral||23 March 1975||21 March 1979||NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), LM, HJ, SJ, SK|
|3||Karamat Rahman Niazi||Admiral||22 March 1979||23 March 1983||NI(M), HI(M), SJ|
|4||Tariq Kamal Khan||Admiral||23 March 1983||9 April 1986||NI(M), SI(M), SBt|
|5||Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey||Admiral||9 April 1986||9 November 1988||NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), SBt|
|6||Yastur-ul-Haq Malik||Admiral||10 November 1988||8 November 1991||NI(M), SBt|
|7||Saeed Mohammad Khan||Admiral||9 November 1991||9 November 1994||NI(M), SBt|
|8||Mansurul Haq||Admiral||10 November 1994||1 May 1997||NI(M)|
|9||Fasih Bokhari||Admiral||2 May 1997||2 October 1999||NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), SBt, SJ|
|10||Abdul Aziz Mirza||Admiral||2 October 1999||2 October 2002||LH, NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), SBt|
|11||Shahid Karimullah||Admiral||3 October 2002||6 October 2005||LH, LM, NI(M), HI(M), HI(M), TI(M), SJ|
|12||Afzal Tahir||Admiral||7 October 2005||7 October 2008||LM, NI(M), HI(M), SI(M)|
|13||Noman Bashir||Admiral||7 October 2008||7 October 2011||NI(M), TI(MI, SI(M), HI(M), LM|
|14||Asif Sandila||Admiral||4 October 2011||3 October 2014||NI(M), HI(M), LOH|
|15||Muhammad Zakaullah||Admiral||4 October 2014||6 October 2017||NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), TI(M)|
|16||Zafar Mahmood Abbasi||Admiral||7 October 2017||Present||HI(M), SI(M)|
The Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) is the post that is, in principle, the deputy and the second-in-command (S-in-C) of the Pakistan Navy, reporting and functioning under the Chief of Naval Staff. The post is a three-star rank assignment, usually held by the Vice-Admiral.
The post of the vice naval chief is a senior position and its officer is a three-star admiral in the Navy, with distinction of Rear-Admiral Rashid Ahmed who acted of Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Navy under Vice Admiral Muzaffar Hassan who was the Navy's last Commander in Chief.
|Order||Name||Rank||Photo||Appointment Date||Left Office||Unit of Commission||Decorations|
|±||Rashid Ahmed||Rear-Admiral||25 March 1969||20 December 1971||Executive Branch||SK, TQA|
|1||Mohammad Sharif||Rear-Admiral||1974||1975||Executive Branch||HI(M), SI(M), HJ, SJ, SK|
|2||Leslie Norman Mungavin||Rear-Admiral||1975||1977||Operations Branch||SPk, SK|
|3||Karamat Rahman Niazi||Vice-Admiral||1977||1979||Submarine Command||SJ, HI(M)|
|4||Iqbal F. Qadir||Vice-Admiral||1980||1983||Operations Branch||HI(M), TI(M), SBt, TQA|
|5||Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey||Vice-Admiral||1985||1988||Engineering Branch||NI(M)|
|6||Yastur-ul-Haq Malik||Vice-Admiral||1988||1991||Surface Branch||NI(M)|
|7||Mansurul Haq||Vice-Admiral||1993||1994||Operations Branch||NI(M)|
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