After leaving Petaro, Arif joined
Pakistan Navy in 1978 and was commissioned in 1981 in the
He qualified the
Surface Warfare Operation Course from USA, and the
National Defence Course from China. He is also a
graduate of the National Defence University,
During his tenure with the Navy, he has held
various command and staff appointments on sea
billets. He has commanded PNS Zulfiquar and PNS Tariq. He
has also served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans
& FP), and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel).
Arif was promoted to
the rank of a Rear Admiral on 2 January 2010.
At present, he is
the Commander of AUXMIN. He has been the recipient
of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat
was a member of the Managing Committee of the
in the mid-1980s.