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Pakistan Navy

The introduction of the Royal Pakistan Navy accompanied the production of Pakistan on the memorable day of 14 August 1947. Like different naval forces of the province, Pakistan’s Navy additionally had the prefix “Regal” until the point when the nation has broadcasted a republic in 1956.

At 0800 on 14 August 1947, the banner of Rear Admiral J W Jefford, Flag Officer Commanding Royal Pakistan Navy was facilitated on his Flagship HMPS GODAVARI. The Admiral’s initially flag routed to the officers and men of the RPN was flashed to all boats and shore foundations.

The PN offer of the boats at the season of the parcel included 4 frigates/sloops, 4 armada minesweepers, 8 engine minesweepers and harbour guard dispatches. The Naval Headquarters began working at first in the one-room office of the Naval Officer Incharge, Karachi. NHQ was later moved to working at West Wharf and hence moved to Napier Barracks (Liaquat Barracks) at Karachi.

The preparation foundation HMPS HIMALAYA was appointed as Gunnery and Radar School for the RIN on 27 Nov 1943. Not long after Independence it ventured into a joined preparing foundation lodging the Signal, Torpedo and Anti-submarine, Tactics, Navigation and Direction, Supply and Secretariat and Cookery Schools.

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Soon after freedom on 14 August 1947, the Armed Forces Reconstitution Committee (AFRC) separated the Royal Indian Navy between the two nations India and Pakistan. The Pakistan Navy secured two sloops, two frigates, four minesweepers, two trawlers, four harbour dispatches and somewhere in the range of 3580 workforces (180 officers and 3400 appraisals) and given the high level of delta regions on Pakistan drift the Navy was given various Harbor Defense Motor Launches.

In 1956 the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was announced under the 1956 constitution. The prefix `Royal’ was dropped and the administration redesignated as Pakistan Navy short title PN. PN Jack and Pakistan hail supplanted the Queen’s shading and the white ensign individually. The request of priority of the three administrations changed from Navy, Army, Air Force to Army, Navy, Air Force.

In February 1956, the British government reported providing a few noteworthy surface warriors to Pakistan. These Warships, a cruiser and four destroyers were acquired with reserves influenced accessible under the US Military Assistance To program.

The obtaining of a couple of extra warships that is two destroyers, eight seaside minesweepers and an oiler (between 1956-63) was the immediate aftereffect of Pakistan’s cooperation in the counter Communist protection settlements of SEATO and CENTO.

Ind-Pak war which reflected bravery, assurance, proficient ability

On 7 September 1965 when the boats were on their ordinary war watch, the accompanying sign was gotten from Naval Headquarters: “Undertaking bunch containing PNS BABUR, PNS KHAIBAR, PNS BADR, PNS JAHANGIR, PNS ALAMGIR, PNS SHAHJAHAN and PNS TIPU SULTAN is to be in position 239 degrees – 120 miles from Dwarka beacon by 071800 E Sep with most extreme power accessible. Undertaking bunch from that point to carry out the siege of Dwarka about midnight utilizing 50 rounds for every ship. Power is to resign from siege region by 080030 E Sep and come back to introduce watch range at full speed. Maybe a couple of adversary frigates might be relied upon to experience in the zone notwithstanding for air risk.”

The Commodore Commanding PN Flotilla appropriately started his flag at 1835, the remarkable highlights of which were: The underlying position for assault was 206 degrees Dwarka light 6 miles; the objective was to be city establishments and prominent stack, and finish radio hush was to be kept up aside from guarding air cautioning radar.

The Fleet quickly bested up fuel and formed the course for Dwarka operation. At midnight the boats were on Initial Position (IP) with every one of their weapons stacked and the men prepared to strike a noteworthy punch all over. The city of Dwarka was totally passed out and the target must be distinguished on the radar.

At 0024 siege was requested to begin when ships were 5.5 to 6.3 miles from Dwarka light. It took just four minutes to finish the barrage, terminating inside and out around 350 adjusts on the objective. Upon fruitful finish of the assault, the boats resigned promptly with no misfortune or harms.

There was no extensive protection from the adversary and the boats securely touched base at their watch region by 0635 on 8 Sep.

Quaid at the Naval Academy in Mar 1948: “Today is a notable day for Pakistan, doubly so for those of us in the Navy. The Dominion of Pakistan has appeared and with it, another Navy – the Royal Pakistan Navy – has been conceived. I am glad to have been designated to charge it and present with you right now. In the coming months, it will be my obligation and yours to incorporate up our Navy with a glad and productive power.” The benefit for showing the main Guard of Honor to Quaid-e-Azam was given to RPN, which denoted a high purpose of Independence Day Ceremony.

The primary mechanical preparing foundation of Pakistan Navy was set up on Manora Island and dispatched as HMPS KARSAZ on 01 Dec 49. In 1952 PN Torpedo Depot was set up at West Wharf. To take care of the expanding demand of docking/repair, a dock was obtained from Italy and was charged as HMPS IQBAL. Accordingly, the graving dock was opened at PN Dockyard Karachi on 7 Sep 54.

Pakistan Navy short title PN

In 1968 PNS IQBAL was appointed for Special Services Group (Navy). After one year in 1969 Navy suited from khaki uniform to its customary white uniform. PNS PESHAWAR was authorized in 1970 as the terminal for PN Dockyard. Pakistan Naval Academy was likewise settled in an indistinguishable year from PNS RAHBAR took after by dispatching of PNS ABDOZE as a terminal for the submarine administration.

To start with PN Staff course initiated in May 1971 at PN Staff College built up in Karsaz zone.

The Maritime Security Agency was set up on 1 Jan 1987. On 8 Jun 1996, PNS PUNJAB was dispatched as a station unit at Lahore.

In 1974 Naval Headquarters was moved to Islamabad and PNS ZAFAR was charged as a station for PN staff serving at Islamabad.

The Maritime Headquarters with Ferranti 5070 PC helped seaside observation framework was introduced at Clifton Karachi in 1976 along with PNS HAIDER dispatched as its warehouse.

In 1981 Pakistan Naval Engineering College was built up and charged as PNS JAUHAR. In 1986 PNS BAHADUR was authorized as the primary expert instructional hub for sailor branch workforce. It housed the Surface Warfare, Naval Warfare and OPS, Communications, Hydrography, EW, Instructional Techniques and Music schools.

PNS AKRAM, the main maritime foundation on MAKRAN drift was charged in 1987 as a stop for maritime separations at GWADAR. The construct camp was likewise settled with respect to ORMARA Head an indistinguishable year and introduced from Remote Data Station MIANWALI.

In 1990 Marine Battalion of Pakistan Navy was framed and PNS QASIM, re-authorized at Manora, was set up as the HQ for marines.

In 1991 Pakistan maritime ensign was lifted at Jinnah station, which was built up in Antarctica. That year RDS MIANWALI at ORMARA was authorized as PNS AHSAN, a terminal unit for the workforce at ORMARA.

In 1992 Missile Depot was charged as PNS AATISH at Manipur.

In 1994 PNS NIGERIAN was charged as the stop for Naval Provost Branch.

In 1996 PNS RAZA was charged as an Air Store Depot.

In 1994 historic and establishment stone laying function of “Jinnah Naval Harbor” (JNB) was performed. The base was at long last charged in the year 2000.



After 1971 India-Pak war the naval force picked an unobtrusive obtaining program as new Chinese constructed rocket/torpedo assault create. In the vicinity of 1972 and 1980, 12-SLAUGHTER class assault FPBs, 4 HUNAIN class assault art and 4 HUCHWAN class hydrofoil craft were conveyed, trailed by an acknowledgement of 6 ex-US GEARING class vessels.

Amid 1980, the development of the Pakistan Navy was exceptional. It for all intents and purposes multiplied its surface armada from 9-important surface warriors in 1980 to 16 by 1989, acquiring complex long-extend hostile to deliver rocket and upgraded its sea surveillance capacities. Keeping in mind the end goal to counter Soviet development and power it to pull back from Afghanistan, the US fortified Pakistan’s Military powers.

In 1982 the Reagan organization endorsed US$ 3.2 billion military and financial guide to Pakistan. Pakistan obtained eight Brooke and Garcia-class frigates from US Navy on a five-year rent in 1988. A stop for repairs, EX-USS HECTOR took after the rent of these boats in April 1989.

However, after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 US President George Bush was encouraged to never again ensure that Pakistan was not engaged with the improvement of atomic weapons and the Pressler’s Amendment was conjured on 1 October 1990.

The rent of the principal Brooke class frigate terminated in March 1993, the staying in mid-1994. This genuinely impeded the Pakistan Navy, which was made totally out of previous US inception ships.

Atomic Weapons

The two ex-RN LEANDER class frigates were obtained from the UK in 1988 and widely refitted in 1991/93. In 1988, the Pakistani and UK Government set-up a joint panel to investigate future prerequisites amid a serene visit of Lord Tref Garner, the then UK Minister of State for resistance obtainment. Exchange for the buy of 6 ex-RN AMAZON class frigates started in 1992. In 1993-94 these ex-RN AMAZON class frigates were gained and were modernized to meet the future necessity.

The main indigenously constructed huge watch make PNS LARKANA was appointed in January 94. Achievement of the outline of this speciality drove the Navy into working of extra art including rocket dispatch skilled variations. Two have just been appointed.

As of not long ago, Pakistan Navy’s MCM powers would not have possessed the capacity to manage genuine mine dangers with just two ex-USN beach front minesweepers and eight sort 312 automatons to shape its mine Warfare powers. Be that as it may, the securing of three new French mine seekers has brought a great deal of change. The main vessel ex-FNS SAGITTAIRE was dispatched as PNS MUNSIF into Pakistan Navy in 1992. The second vessel PNS MUHAFIZ cruised for Karachi in Mar 96. The third vessel gathered by PN Dockyard was charged as PNS MUJAHID in 1997.

For renewal adrift PNS NASR was procured from Chinese Navy in Aug 87 and another help transport PNS MOAWIN (Ex HMS POLLSTER) was moved in Jul 94 from Dutch Navy.

Both the boats have in progress renewal capacities. Other assistant powers incorporate two oil freight boats and two oil tankers worked in Karachi in the vicinity of 1984 and 1992, two beachfront tankers, two 20 meter utility art and one 61 m review deliver.


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On 28 Sep 1974, the first of the six Westland Sea King helicopters were obtained from the UK denoting the presentation of maritime aeronautics and turning wing flying machine in the administration. III squadron was built up for these revolving wing airship.

PNS MEHRAN was in this way charged as the base for the Naval Air Arm on 26 Sep 75. Rest of these helicopters likewise landed in the resulting year.

In 1975 four Atlantic LRMP flying machine was gained from France denoting the presence of a settled wing flying machine in the administration and foundation of 29 Squadron.

One plane while on a standard preparing mission in Aug 1999 was shot around an Indian Air Force warrior fly in a show of stripped Indian animosity. In 1977 six Alouette helicopters were procured from France prompting the arrangement of 333 Squadron.

In 1982 Fokker F-27 Aircraft were gained prompting the development of 27 Squadron.

In 1994 three Lynx helicopters were obtained from the UK prompting the arrangement of 222 Squadron.

In 1996 three P3-C Orion airship was gained from the United States and was accepted into the 28 Squadron of the maritime air arm. The conveyance of these Long Range Maritime watch airship had before been withheld because of the utilization of the Pressler Amendment in 1990. One of these planes was lost because of a mischance while completing routine activities in claim seaside waters on 29 Oct 1999.



The procurement of an ex-US TENCH class submarine by Pakistan Navy in 1964 was especially noteworthy, not just in light of the fact that Pakistan turned into the second nation after Indonesia, among the Indian Ocean littorals to work a submarine, however it likewise brought another measurement to maritime fighting in the Indo-Pakistan setting. The submarine effectively took an interest in Indo Pak 1965 war yet was lost in 1971 war while sent on a mine laying operation off the Indian Coast.

Amid the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, three of the four Pakistani submarines(an ex-U.S. Tench class submarine renamed Ghazi and two of the three modems Daphneclass) were engaged with battle operations. At the flare-up of threats, Pakistan had been working submarines for under ten years and had just been working the Daphnes for one year, yet the best ASW endeavours of the Indian Navy were not able to defeat the Pakistani Daphne-chess submarines. Truth be told, no cutting edge diesel submarine has ever been pulverized by ASW powers.

The Ghazi and one of the Daphne submarines directed operations in the Bay of Bengal amid the initial two days of the contention, 2,000-3,000 nautical miles from their Karachi working base.

The Ghazi, while endeavouring to mine a harbour off Vishakhapatnam clearly struck one of its own mines and sank, yet the Daphne, subsequent to leading a refuelling operation south of Sri Lanka, assaulted the Indian plane carrying warship Vikrant only south of Cox’s Bazar, 3,000 nautical miles from Karachi.

In spite of the fact that Daphne’s assault was unsuccessful, so was the Indian ASW counter assault. After one week, Pakistan’s other Daphne, working in the Arabian Sea south of Diu, assaulted and sank an Indian ASW frigate that was researching an announced submarine locating.

Pakistan gained 4 Daphne and 2 Agosta class submarines from the French Navy in the mid-1970s and late 1970s individually. The submarines were altered to flame Harpoon rockets in 1985. The submarine power is the primary quality of the PN Fleet. To fortify it advance Agosta 90 B submarine task was embraced in the mid-90s.

Initially of the three submarines, PNS/M KHALID has been dispatched and achieved Pakistan in 1999.

While the second submarine was charged as PNS/M SAAD. The third submarine will be constructed totally in the nation. Likewise, Pakistan naval force additionally works four Italian diminutive person submarines.



Operation Dwarka is a standout amongst the most critical occasions of 1965 Indo-Pak war which reflected fearlessness, assurance, proficient skill, devotion and coordination of the PN staff associated with it. The goals of this operation were:

a. To draw the overwhelming adversary units out of Bombay for the submarine GHAZI to assault

b. To crush the radar establishment at Dwarka

c. To bring down Indian spirit

d. To redirect Indian Air exertion far from the north

The Commodore Commanding PN Flotilla in like manner started his flag in 1835, the remarkable highlights of which were:

a. The underlying position for assault was 206 degrees Dwarka light 6 miles

b. The objective was to be city establishments and obvious smokestack

c. Finish radio-quiet was to be kept up with the exception of guarding air cautioning radar.

The Fleet instantly bested up fuel and moulded course for Dwarka operation. At midnight the boats were on Initial Position (IP) with every one of their firearms stacked and the men prepared to strike a notable punch all over. The city of Dwarka was totally passed out and the target must be distinguished on the radar.

At 0024 assault was requested to begin when ships were 5.5 to 6.3 miles from Dwarka light. It took just four minutes to finish the siege, terminating out and out around 350 adjusts on the objective.

Upon effective finish of the assault, the boats resigned instantly with no misfortune or harms.

There was no impressive protection from the adversary and the boats securely touched base at their watch region by 0635 on 8 Sep.



Amid 1971 Indo-Pak war, the weight of Pakistan Navy’s hostile exertion depended on the little yet powerful submarine power. PN Submarine HANGAR cruised in the early hours of 22 November 1971 to watch off the Indian Kathiawar drift under the summon of Commander Ahmed Tasnim S.J.

On 9 Dec, with an end goal to find the hesitant adversary, HANGAR stretched out her watch northward to research some radio transmissions captured on her sensors.

Two contacts were gotten on aloof sonar and were recognized as warships. The underlying extent was 6 to 8 miles. A quest for the foe started however the primary endeavour to assault these boats bombed because of speed impediment.

The submarine however figured out how to conjecture target ships development and prevailing with regards to taking up a strategically favourable position on the way of the watching frigates by 1900. At 1957 the submarine discharged a down the throat shot with a homing torpedo at the northerly ship from a profundity of 40 meters.

The torpedo was followed yet no blast was heard. The second torpedo was hence terminated promptly on the incoming southerly ship and this was trailed by a colossal blast. The torpedo had discovered its stamp. The other foe frigate came straight for the submarine when a third torpedo was let go.

A far off blast was heard hence and the submarine turned west towards more profound waters for avoidance.

In this terrific activity, INS KHUKRI, the ship of the Squadron Commander of Indian fourteenth Frigate Sqn was sunk inside two minutes subsequent to getting a hit in the magazine where explosives were held.

18 Officers and 176 mariners including the Commanding Officer lost their lives.

This came as a shattering hit to the Indian Navy. HANGOR’s activity exhibited Pakistan Navy’s strategic predominance in sub-surface fighting and after the war, even the BBC observers lauded Pakistan Naval exertion. Considering the shape, size and age of the boats at its summon, they said that the Pakistan Navy had absolved itself well against the Indian Navy.

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Nizam Ud Deen has started his professional carrier in 2014. He is now a CEO and Founder of an IT Firm "ORM Group of Services". He is working as a Digital Marketer in IT Field.

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