Vice Adm. Abbas Raza

The Sixteenth Adjutant (1984-1985) and Thirtyfourth Chairman Board of Governors (2011-2012)

Vice Adm. Abbas Raza - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, Kit no. 671, Latif House

Lt.Cdr. Abbas Raza was the sixteenth adjutant of Cadet College Petaro from 1984-1985.

He was born on 16 May 1955, and got married to Mrs. Uzma on 22 June 1989. They have two children - Alamdar and Sheherbano.

After having been associated with Cadet College Petaro as its Adjutant in the past, he also became the Chairman Board of Governors of the College 25 years later.

He retired as a Vice Admiral from Pakistan Navy.

Abbas Raza joined Pakistan Navy in 1973 and was commissioned in the Operations Branch in 1975. He was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour at the Naval Academy.

He has served on various Command and Staff appointments including Deputy Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commanding Officer of two Type-21 Frigates, Commander Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron, Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff, Naval Attache in France, Director General Joint Warfare and Training and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects). Before assuming the charge of Commander Pakistan Fleet, the Admiral was serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations).

He is a specialist in Naval Communications. He did his Staff Course from Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK, and National Defence Course from National Defence University Islamabad. In recognition to his meritorious services, the admiral has been decorated with Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

Abbas Raza was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 2007. He was then promoted as Vice Admiral in March 2010. Subsequently, he was given the position of Commander Pakistan Fleet in November 2010. In the capacity of Fleet Commander, he would exercise full operational control over all Fleet Units comprising Destroyers, Submarines, Missile Boats and Naval Air Arm besides other supporting establishments.

In October 2011, he was given charge of Commander Karachi (COMKAR). In this capacity, he was also the thirty-fourth Chairman of Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 2012, he also relinquished his position as the Chairman BOQ.

After leaving the Navy, Abbas Raza was appointed the Chairman/Managing Director of Bahria Foundation.