ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi has assumed the Charge as the New Naval Chief.
The outgoing Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi handed over the Command Scroll to the New Naval Chief at the Change of Command Ceremony at PNS ZAFAR in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The New Naval Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1985. He has served on various command and staff posts.
Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi is a recipient of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat.
In his remark at the Change of Command Ceremony, the outgoing Naval Chief Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi has a distinguished career and expressed the confidence he will lead Pakistan Navy to new heights.
Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that during his tenure as the Naval Chief, his special emphasis remained on combat readiness and professional competence.
While giving a complete overview of the development strategies of Pakistan Navy, the outgoing Naval Chief said these are aligned with the evolving threats and challenges.
Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that a fleet size of 50 plus ships including 20 major ships was envisioned to improve the capabilities of the naval force.
The outgoing Naval Chief said that four Chinese Frigates will be inducted in the next few years while four Turkish medium class ships will be inducted between 2023 and 2025.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that Hangor submarine project in collaboration with China is progressing well with four submarines being built in China and four in Pakistan. He said that these submarines will be delivered to Pakistan in the next few years.
This project will transform us from a submarine operating Navy to a submarine building Navy, he said.
Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that a major naval base for surface ships is being developed at Gwadar to enhance Pakistan Navy’s operational flexibility along our coast.