“This project will transform us from a submarine-operating Navy to a submarine-building one,” Abbasi was quoted as saying by the state-run Radio Pakistan. A fleet of more than 50 vessels, including 20 major ships, was envisioned to improve the capabilities of the Navy, the report quoted him as saying. Abbasi formally handed over the command of the Pakistan Navy
to the new naval chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi who assumed charge as the country's 22nd CNS on Wednesday.
A ceremony held for the change of command was held at PNS Zafar in Islamabad, the Pakistan Navy
said in a statement.
Admiral Abbasi said his primary focus had been on transforming the Pakistan Navy into a combat-ready force, with special emphasis on optimum battle preparedness and professional competence.
According to the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Niazi was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1985 and has served on various command and staff posts.
His previous staff appointments include principal secretary to the chief of the naval staff, head of F-22P Mission China, deputy chief of naval staff (training and evaluation), and director-general of naval intelligence.
A graduate of Army Command and Staff College, Quetta, and National Defence
University, Islamabad, Niazi holds a master's degree in Underwater Acoustics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.