A grand ceremony of change of command of the Chief of Naval Staff was held, at the Naval Headquarters PNS Zafar, which was attended by dignitaries including foreign ambassadors.
The Pakistan Navy presented a Guard of Honor to the outgoing Chief, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi handed over the command of Pakistan Navy to Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi.
Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi has taken over as the 22nd Chief of the Pakistan Navy. Addressing the change of command ceremony, outgoing Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi congratulated the new Chief of Naval Staff, Amjad Niazi.
Admiral Zafar Abbasi said that paying special attention to the professionalism of Pakistan Navy, 4 Chinese frigates will join Pakistan Navy in the next 2 years. PNS Yarmouk has become part of the Pakistan Navy, and the commissioning of PNS Hebat will take place later this year. Admiral Zafar Abbasi said that a naval base is being set up in Gwadar, and Marine Training Center has been shifted from Karachi to Gwadar. We are always ready for national defense. Steps are being taken in the economic zone with the cooperation of China. Believing in Allah is part of our faith. Islamic teachings have been made mandatory in Pakistan Navy.
The President of Pakistan had approved the appointment of Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi as the new Chief of the Pakistan Navy and his promotion to the rank of Admiral. Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi took over the command of Pakistan Navy in place of Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi. Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was commissioned in the Operations Branch of the Pakistan Navy in 1985 and at the end of his initial training received an honorary sword from the Pakistan Naval Academy.
During his professional career, Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi has held various command and staff positions. His command appointments include two Type-21 aircraft PNS Badar and PNS Tariq Command, Commander of the 18th Destroyer Squadron, Commandant PNS Bahadur, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College / Commander Central Punjab, Commander Pakistan. His key staff appointments include Principal Secretary to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Head of F-22P Mission China, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training and Evaluation) and Director General of Naval Intelligence. He is currently serving as the Chief of Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters Islamabad.
Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi is a graduate of Army Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defense University, Islamabad. He holds a master’s degree in underwater acoustics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China. In recognition of his outstanding services, he has been awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e-Basalat. Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi has also been awarded the French Medal Chevalier (Knight) by the Government of France.
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