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Pakistan Navy

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The Pakistan Navy (Urdu: پاکستان بحریہ‎; Pɑkistan Bahri'a) (reporting name: PN) is the naval warfare branch of Pakistan Armed Forces, responsible for Pakistan's 1,046 kilometers (650 mi) of coastline along the Arabian Sea, and the defense of important civilian harbors and military bases. The Pakistan Navy came into the existence after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, and is headed by Admiral Muhammed Zakaullah. Navy Day is celebrated on September 8th in commemoration of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

The Pakistan Navy's current and primary role is to protect the country's economic and military interests at home and abroad, executing the foreign and defence policies of the Government of Pakistan through the exercise of military effect, diplomatic activities and other activities in support of these objectives. In the 21st century, the Pakistan Navy also focuses on limited overseas operations, and has played a vital role in the establishment of the Pakistan Antarctic Programme.

The Pakistan Navy is supported by the Pakistan Coast Guard, and the Maritime Security Agency (MSA), the paramilitary forces of Pakistan.

The Navy is undergoing extensive modernization and expansion as part of Pakistan's role in the War on Terror. Since 2001, the Pakistan Navy has increased and expanded its operational scope, and has been given greater national and international responsibility in countering the threat of sea-based global terrorism, drug smuggling, and piracy. In 2004, Pakistan Navy became a member of the primarily NATO Combined Task Forces CTF-150 and CTF-151.

The Constitution of Pakistan makes the President of Pakistan the civilian Commander-in-Chief. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), by statute a four star admiral, is appointed by the President with the consultation and confirmation needed from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Chief of Naval Staff is subordinate to the civilian Defence Minister and Secretary of Defence, and commands the Navy.

List of Ships[edit]

  • Tariq-class (Type 21) Frigate (6) - 1993
    • PNS Babur (F169)
    • PNS Shah Jahan (F171)
    • PNS Tariq (F172)
    • PNS Khaibar (F173)
    • PNS Badr (F174)
    • PNS Tippu Sultan (F185)
  • F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate (4) - 2009
    • PNS Zulfiqar (F251)
    • PNS Shamsheer (F252)
    • PNS Saif (F253)
    • PNS Aslat (F254)
  • Oliver Hazard Perry-class Guided Missile Frigate(6) - 2010
    • PNS Alamgir (F260) - former USS McInerney (FFG-08)
    • PNS Jahangir (F261) - former USS Steven W. Groves (FFG-29)
    • PNS Tughril (F262) - former USS Boone (FFG-28)
    • PNS Akbar (F263) - former USS John L. Hall (FFG-32)
    • PNS Taimur (F264) - former USS Underwood (FFG-36)
    • PNS Gabr (F265) - former USS Crommelin (FFG-37)
  • Azmat-class Missile Boat (2) - 2012
    • PNS Azmat (1013)
    • PNS Dehshat (1014)
  • Hashmat-class (Agosta 70B) Submarine (2) - 1979
    • PNS Hashmat (S135)
    • PNS Hurmat (S136)
  • Khalid-class (Agosta 90B) Submarine (3) - 1999
    • PNS Khalid (S137)
    • PNS Saad (S138)
    • PNS Hamza (S139)
  • S20 (Type 039A) Submarine (8 UC) - 20XX
    • PNS Unnamed (S140)
    • PNS Unnamed (S141)
    • PNS Unnamed (S142)
    • PNS Unnamed (S143)
    • PNS Unnamed (S144)
    • PNS Unnamed (S145)
    • PNS Unnamed (S146)
    • PNS Unnamed (S147)
  • Gwader-class Coastal Tanker (1) - 1984
    • PNS Gwader
  • Type 905 Replenishment Tanker (1) - 1987
    • PNS Nasr (47)
  • Kalmat-class Coastal Tanker (1) - 1992
    • PNS Kalmat
  • Moawin-class (Poolster class) Replenishment Tanker (1) - 1994
    • PNS Moawin
  • Behr Khusha-class Dredging Vessel (1) - 2008
    • PNS Behr Khusha
  • Madagar-class Small Tanker (2) - 2011
    • PNS Madadgar
    • PNS Rasadgar
  • Bhit Shah-class Split Hopper Barge (1) - 2014
    • PNS Bhit Shah
  • Tripartite-class Minehunter (3) - 1995
    • PNS Munsif (M163)
    • PNS Muhafiz (M163)
    • PNS Mujahid (M164)
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