Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is the new Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi new Chief On 3 October 2017, Vice-Admiral Abbasi was promoted to four-star admiral in the Navy and was announced by the MOD of his appointment to take over the command of the Navy as Chief of Naval Staff. He supersedes no one and was the senior most-ranking admiral in the Navy.
On 7 October 2017, Admiral Abbasi took over the command of the Navy as Chief of Naval Staff from outgoing Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at the PNS Zafar in Islamabad.
Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi new Chief joined the Pakistan Navy in 1978, and was educated at the Pakistan Naval Academy, and did his initial training at the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth in the United Kingdom. He gained commissioned in the Navy as Lieutenant in 1981 upon graduating from the Naval Academy and was conferred with the Sword of Honor. He served as an executive officer in Tariq-class destroyer.
He later joined the Submarine Branch, and specialized in underwater warfare in Pakistan as well as qualified for the Surface warfare from the United States.
He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College, attending it in 1989, and attained B.S., and MSc from the National Defense University.
His command assignment included his role as commandant of the Naval Academy, as well as Director-General of the Maritime Security Agency, which he commanded from 2010 until 2011. From 2001–03, he was the commanding officer of the PNS Khayber.
From 2005 until 2007, he commanded the 21st Mine Squadron and 25th Destroyer Squadron. In 2008, he was promoted to one-star rank, Commodore, and was the ACNS (Operations) and later, the ACNS (Plans), until he was promoted to two-star rank in 2010.
Taking command as Vice-Admiral
In 2014, Vice-Admiral Abbasi was in the race to be appointed as a four-star admiral and take over the command of the Navy as its Chief of Naval Staff, alongside with Vice-Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique and Vice-Admiral S. A. Hussaini. However, the most senior admiral in the Navy, Admiral Moh’d Zakaullah was promoted to the four-star appointment, He continued serving as the DCNS (Operations) at the Navy NHQ.
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