CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF
ADMIRAL NIZAMUDDIN AHMED, NBP, OSP, BCGM, ndc, psc
Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, NBP, OSP, BCGM, ndc, psc assumed the command of Bangladesh Navy as 14th Chief of Naval Staff on 27 January 2016. The long and highly versatile career of the Admiral spans across the national and international dimensions. It is blended with important and sensitive Command, Staff and Instructional experiences within Navy as well as in Coast Guard, Inter-Services Organizations, United Nations and Port Authorities of Bangladesh.
Born in Madaripur, after attaining brilliant results both in secondary and higher secondary board exams, the highly motivated young man entered in the navy on 30 January 1979. He was then sent to Marshal Tito Naval Academy, ex- Yugoslavia for his basic training and later commissioned into Bangladesh Navy on 01 August 1981.
The Admiral, a passionate seafarer, proved himself worthy enough to be entrusted with the command responsibilities from very early stage of his career in the navy. Combined with specialised knowledge on Anti-Submarine Warfare, soon he became one of the pioneer commanders and architects of the Navy’s ASW and MCM Squadrons. Consequently, he commanded almost every type of warships including Frigates and major logistics, training and administrative bases of Bangladesh Navy.
Professional competence along with analytical sights led the Admiral to be engrossed in to training as instructor Bangladesh Naval Academy and Torpedo Anti-Submarine School; later as the Deputy President of Inter Services Selection Board in selecting future leaders for Bangladesh Armed Forces. He was delegated with important staff assignments that included Secretary to CNS, Directors of several principal directorates at Naval Headquarters, Coast Guard Headquarters and DGFI Headquarters. Meanwhile, in 2003-2004 he volunteered himself to participate in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Ivory Coast as Military Observer during a very volatile and tensed period.
He took over the command of Chittagong Naval Area as Commodore Commanding Chittagong (COMCHIT) wherein he put impetus to the training, revitalizing coastal security and infrastructure development. His remarkable functioning as Area Commander for more than two years was much applauded and acknowledged through the exalted award of “CNS Commendation” by the then Chief of Naval Staff.
The government was pleased to adorn Admiral Nizam with the ‘Flag Rank’, soon after assigning him as the Chairman Chittagong Port Authority (CPA). His selfless commitment pushed the port to a new height of growth, expansion and modernisation that is being considered as one of the most successful episodes in the port’s history. During his time, the enhanced container handling statistics along with upgraded facilities was too recognised by the ‘Lloyed Register of Shipping’ that elevated the ranking of Chittagong Port amongst the list of world’s most important sea ports. As the chairman CPA, the opening of the first Inland Container Terminal of the country at Pangao near Dhaka was yet another milestone laid by the Admiral.
Sighted his dedication and patriotism, the government conferred him with the Herculean task to set up country’s much-needed third sea port at Payra in addition to Chairman CPA. Admiral Nizam did put up his best and worked relentlessly as the Chairman Payra Port Authority since its inauguration by the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 19 November 2013.
It was Admiral Nizam, who received the esteemed ‘Shadhinota Padak-2016’ from the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on behalf of the Bangladesh Navy. He is too a recipient of 'Noubahini Padak' (NBP), ‘Osamanyo Sheba Padak’ (OSP) and ‘Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal’ (BCGM) in recognition to his supreme professional excellence and distinguished services both in Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard correspondingly.
In his illustrious career, Admiral Nizam attended number of professional courses abroad; ex-Yugoslavia, India, France, Canada, USA are to name a few. He is an alumnus of Inter Forces Staff Course, France and National Defence College, Mirpur. The multilingual Admiral is proficient in French and Serbo-Croatian languages.
Admiral Nizam is married to Mrs. Nazmun Nahar and the couple is blessed with two sons, Nibras and Shamun.