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kindly contributed by former Captain Commodore Muhammad Anwar

Captain Muhammad Anwar led the PN acquisition programme of the Type 21 ships by commissioning the lead ship PNS TARIQ (ex HMS Ambuscade) on 28 July 1993 as the first Commanding Officer. After TARIQ Captain Anwar commanded a Fleet Establishment (1995-96), did his Armed Forces War Course at the National Defence College Islamabad (1996-97), and ended up on the desk job as the Director of Naval Operations at Naval Headquarters Islamabad in June 1997. Subsequently he was elevated as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) and promoted to the rank of Commodore (1998). After two years stint at the Naval Headquarters, Commodore Anwar went in command of the 25th Destroyer Squadron compromising all the PN Type 21 Ships (1999-2000). Besides these, he had also served as the Defence Attaché in Sri Lanka with concurrent accreditation to Maldives (1988-91). He is also a graduate of the Royal Naval Staff College Greenwich (1984-85).

After taking an early retirement from the service in the rank of Commodore, he settled in London where he used his operational background and his diplomatic experience towards his board level duties with different companies. He held the position of the Managing Director with Cells Limited; a Bio-Medical firm based in London. Recently venturing into his own business based on his prior experience with the Navy, started Helmsman (UK) Limited a defence consultancy firm.

His accomplishments as a professional are backed by his extensive educational background, having a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations, a Masters in International Relations and a Masters of Science in War Studies.

He has also written a book titled 'Role of Smaller Navies' (ISBN: 969-8318-01-1), which looks at the maritime interests of Pakistan in the Northwest Indian Ocean milieu.

Commodore Anwar is married and has four children.

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