Vice Admiral (Retd) Asaf Humayun HI(M)
Category: PROFILES September 5, 2019

Vice Admiral (Retd) Asaf Humayun HI(M)

Former Vice Chief of the Naval Staff


Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun joined Pakistan Navy in December 1970. He stood first in his course in Pakistan Naval Academy. He was selected to finish his training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, United Kingdom.  He topped his class in UK and became a Sub Lieutenant in June 1973 in the Operations Branch. Admiral is a submariner by specialization. He performed various duties at sea and was among the commissioning crew of submarine HASHMAT in France. Admiral Asaf’s first sea command was submarine HANGOR in 1984 as Lieutenant Commander.

On leaving HANGOR, he qualified the Naval Staff Course at US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA with distinction. During 1986 – 1989, he commanded submarine SHUSHUK and was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) for outstanding performance. Then, he was appointed Director Submarine Operations at Naval Headquarters in 1989.  The Admiral served as Naval Attaché in New Delhi (India) during 1992-95. On return, he was appointed at Naval Headquarters as Project Manager, Jinnah Naval Base Ormara. As Captain, he commanded destroyers PNS TIPU SULTAN and PNS SHAHJAHAN. He served for 2 years as Commander Submarine squadron.  Thereafter, he attended National Defence Course Islamabad and obtained a Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. His subsequent appointment as Naval Secretary at Naval Headquarters brought new dimensions in the career planning, management and grooming of officer cadre in Pakistan Navy.

He was promoted to Flag rank in 2002. As Rear Admiral, he headed Maritime Technologies Complex employing his operational knowledge for the development of naval technology. He took over Command of PN Fleet as COMPAK in January 2006. Before his appointment as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 Oct 2008, the Admiral was serving as Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad. During his career, the Admiral has also received Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

The Admiral retired from Navy after 40 years of service on 27 Dec 2010.  Since 1st July 2012, he has been the Director General of National Centre for Maritime Policy Research(NCMPR), Bahria University, Karachi for three years. Currently he is a visiting fellow at Bahria University Karachi campus and Honorary fellow of NCMPR.