ISLAMABAD: Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi assumed the command of Pakistan fleet (Compak) on Friday.

“Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi took over the command of the sea going units as Commander Pakistan Fleet,” a Pakistan Navy statement said.

He took over the assignment from Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Siddique, who had been holding Compak Command since January 2013.

Vice Adm Siddique has moved to the headquarters as deputy chief of naval staff – projects.

As commander of Pakistan fleet, Rear Adm Abbasi will be head of all naval ships, submarines, missile boats and aviation units of the Pakistan Navy.

He was previously posted as commander of logistics command (Comlog).

In 2010, he commanded the 25-nation naval coalition CTF-150 that dealt with maritime security and counter- terrorism.

At Comlog, Rear Adm Abbasi has been replaced by Rear Admiral Syed Imdad Hussain Jafri.

“Rear Admiral Syed Imdad Hussain Jafri has taken over Pakistan Navy Logistic Command,” the navy statement said.

Rear Adm Jafri was earlier serving at the headquarters as deputy chief of naval staff – material.

“Commander Logistic, Rear Admiral Imdad Hussain Jafri would be in-charge of logistic support to all PN units, ships and establishments.

He would also look after all PN stores and ammunition depots and will be responsible for logistic support/construction units, and repair/maintenance facilities of Pakistan Navy,” the statement from Navy’s public affairs directorate said. Change of Command ceremonies for both PN Fleet Command and Logistics Command were held at the PN Dockyard, Karachi.

At the change of command ceremonies, the newly-appointed officers were presented guard of honour and introduced to commanding officers of the respective units of their commands, the statement added.

Published in Dawn, May 31th, 2014