ISLAMABAD : Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Saturday took oath as new Chief of the Naval Staff in a ceremony that held at Naval Complex in Islamabad.
A ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the new naval chief’s tenure. Admiral Zakaullah, who retired, passed the baton of charge to Admiral Zafar Abbasi.
Admiral Zakaullah gave charge to the new chief and pledged that Pakistan Navy is ready to give befitting response to the aggression of the enemy.
Congratulating Admiral Zafar Abbasi on becoming the new naval chief, the outgoing chief said that Pakistan was a gift from God and that defending the motherland was dearer to the officers of the navy than their own lives.
He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have positive outcomes in the region.
“Allah gave me the opportunity to defend the motherland,” he said. “Our association with Pakistan Navy is a matter of pride,” he added.
Admiral Zakaullah said that Pakistan Navy was one of the strongest naval forces in the world and that the country still faced security challenges.
“We are ever ready to defend ourselves against the traditional rival,” he said.
Admiral Zakaullah disclosed that a deal of frigates had been finalised along with another pact pertaining to acquisition of eight submarines.
Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1981. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. On commissioning, the officer won the coveted Sword of Honour from Pakistan NavalAcademy. During his distinguished career, the Admiral attained vast experience of both command and staff appointments.
His command appointments include Command of Surface ships, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron, DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Commander Coast, Commander Logistics, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Command of Multi-National Combined Task Force 150 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain.
His key staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans), Chief Inspector (Navy) and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations). Presently,the Admiral is serving as Chief of the Staff at Naval Headquarters.
The Flag officer is a graduate of National Defence University Islamabad and Royal Australian Navy Staff College.
In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).
Originally published by NNI