On October 7, 2020 Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi HI (M), SBt assumed Command of Pakistan Navy as 22nd Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). The change of command was formally held in an impressive ceremony at PNS ZAFAR Islamabad, in which Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI(M), upon completion of his tenure of service, handed over the reins of command to Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi.
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi formally handed over the command of Pakistan Navy by presenting the traditional scroll to Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi. The change of command ceremony was attended by former Naval Chiefs, serving and retired PN officers, CPOs/sailors and navy civilians. Later, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi laid wreath at Martyrs’ Monument at Naval Headquarters and offered fateha.
CNS Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1985. A winner of the coveted Sword of Honour, the Admiral has vast experience of both command and staff appointments. Command appointments of the Admiral include command of two Type 21 ships PNS BADR and PNS TARIQ, Commander 18th Destroyer Squadron, Commandant PNS BAHADUR, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College/Commander Central Punjab, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Commander Karachi. His distinguished staff appointments include Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff, head of F-22P Mission in China, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training & Evaluation), Director General Naval Intelligence and Chief of Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad.
The CNS is a graduate of Army Command & Staff College Quetta and National Defence University Islamabad. He also holds a Masters Degree in Underwater Acoustics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e-Basalat. He was also conferred the French Medal Chevalier (Knight) by the Government of France.
On October 15, 2020, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was also conferred with the Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi in recognition of his exceptionally commendable performance and commitment to the maritime defence of the country.
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