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Published on 13 Apr 2011 | over 6 years ago

The birth of Royal Pakistan Navy came with the creation of Pakistan on the historic day of 14 August 1947. Like other navies of the commonwealth, Pakistan's Navy also had the prefix "Royal" until the country was proclaimed a republic in 1956. At 0800 on 14 August 1947, the flag of Rear Admiral J W Jefford, Flag Officer Commanding Royal Pakistan Navy was hosted on his Flagship HMPS GODAVARI. The Admiral's first signal addressed to the officers and men of the RPN was flashed to all ships and shore establishments.

" Today is a historic day for Pakistan, doubly so for those of us in the Navy. The Dominion of Pakistan has come into being and with it a new Navy -- the Royal Pakistan Navy -- has been born. I am proud to have been appointed to command it and serve with you at this time. In the coming months, it will be my duty and yours to build up our Navy into a happy and efficient force."

Quaid at the Naval Academy in Mar 1948
Quaid on-board HMPS GODAWARI in 1947

The privilege for presenting the first Guard of Honour to Quaid-e-Azam was given to RPN, which marked a high point of Independence Day Ceremony.
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