Haji Mohammad Siddiq Choudri

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HMS Choudri
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Admiral HMS Choudri, PN.
Birth name Haji Mohammad Siddiq Choudri
Nickname(s) HMS Choudri
Born 1912
Batala, Gurdaspur district, British India (now India)[1]
Died 2004 (92 years old)
Karachi, Sindh
Buried at Military Graveyard, Karachi
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1931–1959
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Service number PN No. 001
Unit Executive Navy Branch
Commands held Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Navy (C-in-C of PN)
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Navy (Dy C-in-C)
Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK)
DG Naval Intelligence (DGNI)
Battles/wars Second World War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Awards Hilal-e-Pakistan
Order of the British Empire (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Vice Admiral Haji Mohammad Siddiq Choudri HPk MBE (usually shortened to HMS Choudri; 1912 – 27 February 2004) was the second Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Navy serving from 1953 to 1959. He was also the first Muslim and native naval chief taking the reins from Rear Admiral James Wilfred Jefford. He died on 27 February 2004 and was buried in Army Graveyard, Karachi with full military honors.[2]

Education[edit]

Choudhri was born in Batala, British Punjab in 1912 to a middle-class Arain family. In 1922, he joined the Panjab University, Chandigarh where he did his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1926. HMS Choudhri joined the Royal Indian Navy in 1931 and got commission in the Executive cadet on September 1, 1933. After partition, he was transferred to the Royal Pakistan Navy as Captain on August 15, 1945.

Naval career[edit]

He was the senior most Pakistani officer in the Executive branch of the Royal Pakistan Navy (RPN) at that time and was an obvious choice as the successor to Admiral Jefford. Admiral Choudhri took over the command of the Royal Pakistan Navy on January 31, 1953.[3] During his service as Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Choudhri made enthusiastic efforts to build up the Pakistan Navy which produced tangible results, including a seagoing fleet, training establishments and complementary infrastructure ashore. With his dedication and conviction, he steered the Pakistan Navy into becoming an efficient fighting force. That is why he can rightly be called Father of Pakistan Navy.

Admiral Choudhri took early retirement on March 1, 1959 due to his differences with the then government on issues relating to development of Pakistan Navy. He handed over the command to Vice-Admiral A.R. Khan.

Post-Retirement[edit]

After retirement, Admiral Choudhri spearheaded the Pakistan Institute of Maritime Affairs and made all-out efforts to enhance maritime development of Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Senior Citizens Association (PSCA) expressed profound grief over the sad demise of Vice-Admiral HMS Choudhri, who was also the chief patron of the PSCA.

Honours[edit]

Admiral HMS Choudhri was a recipient of Hilal-e-Pakistan and was a member of the Order of the British Empire for meritorious services in the field of Command and Administration of maritime assets and a distinguished service in the Pakistan Navy spanning over three decades.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aqil A. Jafri, "Pakistan Chronicle" Virsa Publications, Karachi pg 925
  2. ^ "HMS Choudri laid to rest" Dawn, 1 March 2004
  3. ^ http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/spedition/2004%20year%20supp/p4.htm

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
James Wilfred Jefford
Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Navy
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Afzal Rahman Khan