Pakistan Navy is the naval warfare and defence branch of the three-tiered Pakistan Military. Here is what you need to know about Pakistan Naval Defense and Naval Ranks.
The objective of the Naval Force
The primary objective of Naval Force is to ensure the defence of the sealines of communications of Pakistan and safeguarding Pakistan’s maritime interests by executing national policies through the exercise of military effect, diplomatic and humanitarian activities in support of these objectives. Moreover, the Navy has mobilized its war assets to conduct humanitarian rescue operations at home as well as participating in multinational task forces mandated by the United Nations to prevent seaborne terrorism and privacy off the coasts.
Naval Hierarchy of Pakistan
The president of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi serves as the Navy’s Commander-in-Chief while the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi oversees the operations and training of the force. Vice Chief of Naval Staff is Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani.
Command & Control Structure
Leadership in the Navy is provided by the Minister of Defense, leading and controlling the direction of the department of the navy from the Naval Secretariat-II at the Ministry of Defense, with the Defense Secretary who is responsible for the bureaucratic affairs of the army’s department.
The war functions of the Navy is controlled from the single combat headquarters, the Navy NHQ, located in Islamabad at the vicinity of the Joint Staff Headquarters and the Army GHQ in Rawalpindi Cantonment in Punjab in Pakistan. The Chief of Naval Staff controls and commands the Navy at all levels of operational command, and is assisted by a number of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) who are commissioned at the three-star rank and two-star rank admirals. The Navy is also the custodian of Pakistan’s second-strike capability.
In addition, the Navy is supported by two paramilitary supporting arms i.e. the Coastguards and the Maritime Security Agency. The Navy has risen to supreme significance following the construction of the Gwadar Port and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The Navy is headed by a four-star admiral who commands the force from the Naval Headquarters (NHQ). He is assisted by:
- Naval Secretary
- Quarter-Master General
- Hydrographer of the Navy
- Sea Training Flag Officer
- Training and Joint Warfare Director-General
- Naval Technologies Complex Directorate-General
- Naval Logistics Chief
Deputy Chiefs of Naval Staff
Following is the list of Deputy Chiefs of Naval Staff:
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Operations
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Training and Evaluation
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Personnel
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Materials
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Supplies
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Projects
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Administration
Assistant Chiefs of Naval Staff
Here is the list of Assistant Chiefs of Naval Staff:
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Operations
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Training and Evaluation
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Training and Personnel
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Materials
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Supplies
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Projects
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Strategic Forces Command
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Of Administration
Combat Commands of Navy
- Commander of Pakistan Naval Fleet
- Commander Naval Air Arm
- Commander Submarine Squadron
- Commander Karachi
- Commander COAST
- Commander Central Punjab
- Commander Logistics
- Flag Officer Sea Training
- Commander North
- Commander WEST
Pakistan Navy Ranks
Here are the ranks used in Pakistan Navy
- Lieutenant Commander
- Rear Admiral
- Vice Admiral
Special Operation Forces
The Pakistan Navy has a dedicated military division towards conducting the unconventional warfare, combat diving, naval interdiction, and the asymmetric warfare operations, established under the watchful guidance of the United States Navy’s SEALs in 1966.
This elite and competitive division in the Navy is known as the Special Service Group (Navy) (SSG(N)), known as the SSGN or SEALs as an unofficial call sign, whose classified nature of operations are conducted under the authority of the Naval Strategic Forces Command and is directly under the command of the Commander of the Coastal Areas.
The Navy Special Service Group is influenced from the competitive training of the Army Special Service Group, and is headquartered at the PNS Iqbal in Karachi where the physical conditioning and weapon tactics training took place. The Navy Special Service Group’s specialization further included training and mastery in the visit, board, search, and seizure methods, naval interdiction, and security operations to prevent seaborne-based terrorism.
- Pakistan Navy is fully equipped to deal with all sorts of threatening or warlike situations. Here is the list of some of the equipment:
- Ships: frigates, destroyers, and cruisers
- Auxiliaries, mine countermeasures, and amphibious warfare
- Weapon system and air defence
Pakistan Navy Ranks