The Chief of the Naval Staff, is a military appointment and a Statutory office held by the four-star rank admiral in the Pakistan Navy, who is nominated and appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and confirmed by the President of Pakistan.
The Chief of Naval Staff is one of the senior-most appointments in the Pakistan military who is one of the senior members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in a separate capacity, providing senior consultation to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to act as a principal military advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and its civilian government in the line of defending and safeguarding the expedition, maritime and sealine borders of the nation.
The Chief of Naval Staff exercise its responsibility of command and control of the operational, combatant, logistics, administration, and training commands within the Pakistan Navy, in a clear contrast to the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
Due to its responsibility and importance, the Chief plays a critical role in assessing the coastal defence and conducting reconnaissance to insure its strike capability against aggressive forces.
The term of the superannuation was then constrained to three years in the office as opposed to four years and was made a permanent member of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Since 1972, there has been 14 four-star rank admirals to be appointed as chief of naval staff by statute.
The Prime Minister approved the nomination and appointment of the Chief of Naval Staff, with President confirming the Prime Minister’s appointed choosing and nomination.