KARACHI - Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique has assumed the office of Commander Pakistan Fleet here on Wednesday. On command’s assumption, he is now the operational in-charge of all PN ships, submarines, missile boats and aviation units.

The change of command ceremony was held at Dockyard, where Vice Admiral Zakaullah handed the command to newly-appointed commander.

Rear Admiral Hasham Bin Saddique received the guard of honor and was introduced to other officers of the command. The ceremony was attended by a large number of Pakistan Navy officers and sailors.

Rear Admiral Khan Hasham joined Pakistan Navy in 1978 and was commissioned in 1980. He has a distinguished career with wide ranging command and staff experience. He has commanded Pakistan Navy Ship Shahjahan, PNS Bahadur, Pakistan Naval Academy, Pakistan Navy War College and Maritime Operations Training Complex. He has also been the Commandant National Security College (NDU) Islamabad. During his service, Hasham also served as the Squadron Operations Officer of 25th Destroyer squadron, Executive officer Pakistan Navy Ship Badr, Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet, ACNS (Plans) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Admin).

He also held the command of Multinational Maritime Task Force (CTF 150) at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain.

Before assuming the appointment of Commander Pakistan Fleet, the Admiral was serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College UK and won the Sword of Honour as best All round graduate.

He did his Masters in Joint Warfare and War Studies and MSc in Operations Research. He also attended many professional courses including Surface Warfare Course, Long Communication Course, Joint Services Staff Course and Armed Forces War course.

Rear Admiral Hasham has also received Sitara-e-Imtiaz Military for recognition of his services.