ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari appointed Vice Admiral Noman Bashir HI(M) as Chief of the Naval Staff and promoted him to the rank of Admiral. After the issuance of notification as the Naval Chief his promotion to the rank of Admiral will be effective from the date of taking over, says a press release issued by Pakistan Navy on Sunday. Admiral Noman Bashir will succeed Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir, who will relinquish the command of Pakistan Navy after completion of his tenure. The change of command ceremony will be held on October 7, 2008 at PNS Zafar Ground, Naval Complex, E-8 Islamabad.
Vice Admiral Noman Bashir HI(M) was commissioned in operations branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1973. He has had the privilege to command two aviation squadrons, two ships (frigate and corvette) and the Naval Aviation. He has also had the coveted honour of commanding Pakistan fleet.
He has served on staff appointment at NHQ as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Training), Director Naval Intelligence and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects). He has also served as Commodore Training Ashore, Senior Pakistan Armed Forces Officer in the Sultanate of Oman and did a tenure in KPT as General Manager (Operations).
The Flag Officer is a graduate of Joint Services Staff College, Armed Forces War College at National Defence University and Royal College of Defence Studies UK. Before being appointed as the Chief of the Naval Staff, the Admiral was serving as Commander Karachi and in this capacity is in charge of all naval establishments and shore-based units at Karachi. The Flag Officer is married and blessed with two sons.
The practice of appointing Naval Chiefs from amongst the Vice Admirals has been scrupulously followed in the past. Noman Bashir who is one of the four Vice Admirals supersedes Vice Admiral Asif Hamayun. He is senior to the other two Vice Admirals including Saleem Minai and MA Khan. He belongs to Naval Aviation and is the brother of Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
Federal Minister for Defence Chaudry Ahmed Mukhtar has congratulated vice Admiral Noman Bashir on his promotion and assuming the charge as Chief of Naval Staff. The Defence Minister expressed his hope that the newly appointed Naval Chief would further strengthen the maritime Defence of the country and will continue to play the significant role in strengthening the combat potential of Pakistan navy.
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