ISLAMABAD - Commodore Moazzam Ilyas and Commodore Muhammad Amjad have been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral with immediate effect.Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in December 1984. During his distinguished career, he has served on various important operational billets, both ashore and afloat. His notable appointments include Command of Guided Missile Destroyers PNS Babur and Badr and Fast Attack Missile Boats Jalalat, Himmat and Haibat. His staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) and Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet. He has also served as Naval and Air Attaché at Iran.His professional qualification includes Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London, UK and War Studies from NDU, Islamabad. He is also a graduate of Joint Services Command and Staff College UK. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military). Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1985 and won the coveted Sword of Honour. During his distinguished career, he has served on various Command and Staff appointments which include Commanding the two Frigates PNS Badr and PNS Tariq and 18th Destroyer Squadron. His staff appointments include Director Naval Operations at the Naval Headquarters and Principal Secretary to the Chief of the Naval Staff. The Admiral has also performed the duties of Chief Naval Overseer at Shanghai (China) for construction of Frigates for Pakistan Navy. At present, he is serving as Commandant PNS Bahadur. His professional qualification includes Masters Degree in Underwater Acoustic from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China & War Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. He is a graduate of the National Defence University, Islamabad. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e-Basalat. He has also been conferred with the French Medal ‘Chevalier (Knight)’ by the government of France.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 14-Jan-2014 here.