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Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral Asif Sandila
since: 7 October 2011
First Admiral James Wilfred Jefford
Formation 15 August 1947
Website Pakistan Navy

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The Chief of the Naval Staff, abbreviated as CNS, is the highest-ranking officer in the Pakistani Navy unless a 4-star naval officer is appointed as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The current Chief of the Naval Staff is Admiral Asif Sandila who commands the Navy. The CNS reports to the President of Pakistan, as the President is the head of the state. The CNS is responsible for the command of the Navy, utilization of resources, and operations of the Navy and for naval shore activities.

The CNS is the naval advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan and advises the civilian leadership on matters of naval operations and the conduct of naval warfare. The Chief of the Naval Staff is appointed by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister. A requirement for being Chief of the Naval Staff is having significant experience in joint duty assignments, which includes at least one full tour of duty in a joint duty assignment as a flag officer. By statue, the CNS is a 4-star Admiral and serves as a principal member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

List of Past Chiefs of the Naval Staff

The following is a list of Admirals who have served as the either Commander-in-Chief or the Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy.

No. Name Appointment Date Left Office Decorations

Naval Commander-in-Chief, Royal Pakistan Navy (RN Rear-Admiral)

1 Rear-Admiral James Wilfred Jefford 15 August 1947 30 January 1953

Naval Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Navy (3-star Vice-Admirals)

2 Vice-Admiral Haji Mohammad Siddiq Choudri 31 January 1953 28 February 1959 HPk, MBE
3 Vice-Admiral Afzal Rahman Khan 1 March 1959 20 October 1966 HPk, HJ, HQA
4 Vice-Admiral Syed Mohammad Ahsan 20 October 1966 31 August 1969 HQA, SPk, DSC
5 Vice-Admiral Muzaffar Hassan 1 September 1969 22 December 1971 HQA, SPk
6 Vice-Admiral Hasan Hafeez Ahmed 3 March 1972 9 March 1975 TQA

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy (4-star Admirals)

7 Admiral Mohammad Shariff 23 March 1975 21 March 1979 HJ, NI, SJ
8 Admiral Karamat Rahman Niazi 22 March 1979 23 March 1983 NI(M), SJ
9 Admiral Tariq Kamal Khan 23 March 1983 9 April 1986 NI(M)
10 Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey 9 April 1986 9 November 1988 NI(M), SBt
11 Admiral Yastur-ul-Haq Malik 10 November 1988 8 November 1991 NI(M), SBt
12 Admiral Saeed Mohammad Khan 9 November 1991 9 November 1994 NI(M), SBt
13 (deposed Admiral) Mansurul Haq 10 November 1994 1 May 1997 stripped off (NI(M), SBt)
14 Admiral Fasih Bokhari 2 May 1997 2 October 1999 NI(M), SBt
15 Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza 2 October 1999 2 October 2002 NI(M), SBt, L'Honour
16 Admiral Shahid Karimullah 3 October 2002 6 October 2005 NI(M), SJ, L'Honour, L'Merit
17 Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir 7 October 2005 7 October 2008 NI(M), L'Merit
18 Admiral Noman Bashir 7 October 2008 7 October 2011 NI(M), L'Merit
19 Admiral Asif Sandila 7 October 2011 Present NI(M), L'Merit

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