Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department

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Pakistan Navy Department of Hydrography
Pakistan Navy Commodore.svg
Allegiance Pakistan
BranchNaval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
TypeResearch and development
RoleScience and technology
Research Vessel(s)PNS Behr Paima
Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy (HPN)CDRE Muhammad Arshad

The Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department (Reporting name: PN Hydrographic Department), is an active-duty and non-combatant naval administrative staff command, and one of the major science and technology command of the Pakistan Navy.[1] The command served as the operational scientific naval oceanographic program for the Government of Pakistan and jointly conducts research and development programs with civilian National Institute of Oceanography.[2]

Commissioned in 1959,[3] the command is headquartered with the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) in Karachi, Sindh, and directly reported to Naval Surface Fleet (NFS).[1] The command is mandate to conduct studies on hydrographic surveys of coastal and offshore waters of Pakistan, and publishing nautical charts and relevant publications.[4] The command is commanded by one-star rank naval officer— a Commodore— who is designated as the Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy (HPN).[5] The Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy acted and served as the chief naval hydrographer and consults and guide Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) on important matters of oceanographic science and technology.[3][4] The current commander and Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy is CDRE Muhammad Arshad.[5] The command is directly affiliated with International Hydrographic Organization and International Maritime Organization charged to deal and guide the United Nations with subjects related to Hydrography, Oceanography and safety of life at sea.[4] The command is notable for providing its integral establishment for the planning and development of Pakistan Antarctic Programme and played an influential role in setting up the parameters, goals of research and development, technical direction for the Polar Research Cell of the Antarctic programme in 1990s.[6]


  1. ^ a b GoPak. "Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department". Government of Pakistan. Electronic Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. ^ National Institute of Oceanography. "Coastal Hydrography". National Institute of Oceanography. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-Hydrographers". Ex-Hydrographers of Pakistan. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Hydrography". Naval Directorate for Inter-services Public Relations. Pakistan Navy Directorate for Inter-services Public Relations. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy (HPN)". Pakistan Navy, Hydrographer. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  6. ^ Riffenburgh, Beau (2006). National Antarctic Research Programmes Pakistan. United States: Taylor and Frances Group LLC. pp. 661–665. ISBN 978-0-415-97024-2.

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