Pakistan’s New Chief of the Naval Staff

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Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf HI (M) T Bt was appointed as Chief of the Naval Staff and has been promoted to the rank of Admiral. His promotion to the rank of Admiral will be effective from the date of assuming Command of Pakistan Navy scheduled on October 7, 23.

He will succeed Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi. The Change of Command ceremony will be held at Islamabad.

VAdm Naveed Ashraf was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1989 and was awarded the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal on successful completion of initial naval training in Germany and Pakistan.

During his illustrious naval career, the Flag Officer has served on various Command and Staff appointments. His vast command experience of over 10 years include; Commanding Officer of a mine hunter, three destroyers and command of the 25th and18th Destroyer Squadrons.

Besides, VAdm Naveed Ashraf remained Commandant of Pakistan Naval Academy and had the honour to Command Pakistan Navy Fleet. His distinguished Staff appointments include Fleet Operations Officer at HQ Commander Pakistan Fleet, Captain Training at HQ Flag Officer Sea Training, Chief Staff Officer to Task Force-151 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain, Deputy President National Defence University, Naval Secretary, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Admin), Director General C4I, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training & Personnel) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations).

Presently, VAdm Naveed Ashraf is serving as Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters. 

VAdm Naveed Ashraf is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College Lahore, National Defence University Islamabad, Naval Staff College USA and Royal College of Defence Studies UK.

In recognition of his meritorious services, the he has been awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat. –shp/pn/aaa (Image: Pakistan Navy)