ISLAMABAD - President of Pakistan has appointed Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf Hi (M) T Bt as Chief of the Naval Staff and promoted him to the rank of full Admiral.
However, his promotion will be effective from the date of his assuming Command of Pakistan Navy which is scheduled on October 7, 2023.
The appointment has been made on the summary sent to the president from the Ministry of Defence which contained names of senior most officers of Pakistan Navy. Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf will succeed Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi who will relinquish the Command of Pakistan Navy on 7th October. The Change of Command ceremony will be held at the naval headquarters in Islamabad. Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1989. He was awarded Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal on successful completion of initial naval training at Germany and Pakistan. During his illustrious naval career, the Flag Officer has served on various Command and Staff appointments.
His rich command experience of over 10 years include; Commanding Officer of a Gun Boat, a Mine Hunter, three Destroyers and Command of 25th & 18th Destroyer Squadrons. Besides, Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf remained Commandant of Pakistan Naval Academy and has 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).