PNS Ahsan

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Coordinates: 25°11′26″N 64°36′12″E / 25.19056°N 64.60333°E / 25.19056; 64.60333

PNS Ahsan
Part of Pakistan Defence Forces
Makran, Balochistan Province
Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg
Coordinates25°11′N 64°36′E / 25.183°N 64.600°E / 25.183; 64.600
Height1575 Feet
Site information
OwnerNaval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Controlled byNaval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Site history
Built1991 (1991)
Built byFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg Military Engineering Service
In use1991 – present
Battles/warsBalochistan conflict
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
Indo-Pakistani Standoff of 2002
War on terror
Combined Task Force 150
Operation Madad

The PNS Ahsan (Urdu: پایگاه بحریہ احسن‎) is a naval base located in Makran, Balochistan Province. The base is named after legendary naval intelligence officer and former Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Syed Mohammad Ahsan. The base is currently controlled by the Pakistan Navy, and the base provides logistics support and surveillance systems operations to ensure the security of Pakistan Navy's infrastructure.


The administrative establishment of a naval base was led in 1970 under the command of Rear-Admiral Karamat Rahman Niazi who supervised the construction of the base. The base played an integral and important role in Balochistan conflict, where it had provided intelligence and logistic support to Pakistan Army. The base successfully applied an effective naval blockade of illegal arm smuggling in the Province. Later in the conflict, the base provided security to the Pakistan Navy's infrastructure and establishment in the Balochistan Province.

Formerly known as Remote Data Station Mianwali (RDSM), the base was renamed in the honour of former Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Syed Mohammad Ahsan. The base was commissioned on 30 October 1991, by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Yastur-ul-Haq Malik[1] The base is the garrison of the Southern Naval Command, and commands all the naval assets in the Province.

As of today, the base includes an airport and small naval dockyard. The base provided the logistic support to Jinnah Naval Base to expand the relief operations, codename Operation Madad, in the Balochistan Province and the upper Sindh Province.[2] [3] On 7 June 2010, Naval Aviation's Aérospatiale Alouette III landed and stationed at PNS Ahsan.[4]

The base supervised the distribution of more than 15000 kg relief goods to Gwadar affectees.[5]

Roles and functions[edit]

The primary roles of the naval base is to provide the logistic support to JNB Space centre, Electronic intelligence (ELINT) collection, and co-ordinate Air defence of Ormara complex. The base also provides the refuelling facilities for HALO Operations of Special Service Group Navy (SSG[N]), and also provides secondary support and assistance in Search and rescue (SAR) operations.[6]


  1. ^ PN, Pakistan Navy. "Fleet and Establishment – PNS Ahsan". Naval Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate. Pakistan Navy.
  2. ^ "Navy Alouette stationed at PNS Ahsan". The Nation. Hammer-Head, Makran: Majid Nizami of Nawa-i-Waqt Group.
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  4. ^ "PN Alouette stationed at PNS Ahsan, Makran".
  5. ^ "Navy Alouette stationed at PNS AHSAN and Makran".
  6. ^ (PN), Pakistan Navy. "PNS Ahsan – Roles and Functions". Pakistan Armed Forces – Naval Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate. Pakistan Navy.

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