Vice Admiral Asif Sandila has been given a new rank of admiral thus being made the new chief of the Pakistan Navy, an official report made on Wednesday. Sandila will take over from Admiral Noman Bashir as the country’s Chief of Naval Staff as Admiral Bashir goes on retirement on October 8.

The outgoing naval chief made a last visit to the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here this morning at the Prime Minister’s residence. He kept the Prime Minister abreast of the welfare developments achieved during his time in addition to the latest ones in terms of training and education in the Navy. These welfare developments comprise of construction of houses for retired CPOs/sailors, building of residential estate at Younusabad, Karachi, for serving sailors, recruitment of women officers and women sailors in the Navy, Admiral Bashir enumerated.

The Prime Minister welcomed the contributions Admiral Bashir carried out to enhance both training and living conditions of sailors. Gilani accepted the role displayed by Pakistan Navy in relief rescue and rehabilitation of flood victims in Sindh and other nation building activities during earlier calamities and environmental disasters.

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