Leadership Change: Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf to lead Pakistan Navy as Chief


In a significant development for the Pakistan Navy, Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf has been appointed as the new Chief of Naval Staff. The time-honored Change of Command ceremony, deeply rooted in Pakistan Navy traditions, is set to take place in the nation’s capital, Islamabad, on October 7, 2023.

Currently serving as the Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters, Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf is poised to ascend to the esteemed position of Admiral during the upcoming Change of Command ceremony.

With an famous career spanning decade, Vice Admiral Ashraf’s journey commenced when he was commissioned in the Pakistan Navy’s Operations Branch in 1989. Throughout his service, he has consistently displayed unwavering dedication and an unwavering commitment to duty.

Educationally, Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf boasts an impressive pedigree, having graduated from prestigious institutions including the National Defence University in Islamabad, the US Naval War College, and the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.

Throughout his distinguished career, Vice Admiral Ashraf has held pivotal command and staff positions within the Pakistan Navy. Notably, he has previously served as Commander Pakistan Fleet and Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, showcasing his exceptional leadership capabilities and strategic acumen.

His roles have extended to include critical responsibilities such as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training and Personnel), Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Admin), and Deputy President of the National Defence University. These diverse roles have endowed him with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of naval operations and administration.

In recognition of his outstanding dedication to his country and exceptional contributions to the armed forces, Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf has received prestigious awards, including the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat. These accolades underscore his unwavering commitment to duty and acts of valor.

The appointment of Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf as the Chief of Naval Staff signifies a new chapter in the Pakistan Navy’s leadership, characterized by his experience, expertise, and dedication to serving the nation.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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