Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib (Retd)
NBP, OSP, BCGM, ndc, psc, MDS
Former Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy
Vice Chairman & Founder Life Member
Board of Trustees
Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib assumed the command of Bangladesh Navy as the Chief of Naval Staff on 28 January 2013.
Admiral Habib joined Bangladesh Naval Academy as an Officer Cadet on 08 July 1976. He attended basic naval training as Midshipman in Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK. On successful completion of training, he was commissioned in the Executive Branch in Bangladesh Navy on 01 January 1979.
Admiral Habib attended various professional courses both at home and abroad and obtained First Class in all the graded courses. The courses include Specialization on Navigation & Direction from Australia and Pakistan, Missile and Mine Sweeping Courses from China, Command and Staff Courses from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh and also from Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He attended Joint Warfare Course and Sea Safety Course in UK, National Defence Course and Capstone Course from National Defence College, Mirpur, Bangladesh. He obtained Masters in Defence Studies (MDS) from National University, Dhaka, Bangladesh with First Class. He also did Flag Officers Combined Force Maritime Component Commanders Course from Hawaii, USA.
During his long and illustrious career in the Navy, Admiral Habib successfully commanded ships of all sizes, which include 3 Frigates, Large Patrol Craft, Mine Sweeper and Missile Boats. As a specialized Navigator, he navigated ships to various countries like UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He served as Commandant, Bangladesh Naval Academy. He also served as Directing Staff and Colonel General Staff (Col GS) at Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Prior to assumption of the command of Bangladesh Navy, Admiral Habib was serving as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters since 01 July 2009. He held BN top command positions (Area Commanders) which include Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla, Commodore Commanding Khulna and Naval Administrative Authority, Dhaka. Besides, he served at Naval Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel), Naval Secretary, Judge Advocate General and important Directors at Naval Headquarters, including Director of Naval Operations and Director of Naval Plans. He also served as Director of Plans in Bangladesh Coast Guard. Besides these assignments, he performed the duties of Commissioner, Bangladesh Sea Scouts, and Member, National Executive Committee of Bangladesh Scouts, a non-political social organization.
He also performed the duties of Chairman, National Hydrographic Committee, Bangladesh.
He was the Chairman, Board of Trustee of Nou Kollan Foundation, Chairman, Board of Directors of Khulna Shipyard Limited, Khulna, Chairman, Board of Directors of Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited, Narayanganj, President of Chittagong Boat Club, Chittagong and President, Bangladesh Swimming Federation.
He has been awarded with the highest scouts award Silver Tiger by the Hon’ble President of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. He received Commendation from the Chief of Naval Staff for outstanding performance and professional excellence in the Navy. He was also awarded with the highest achievement awards namely Bangladesh Navy Medal and Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal for outstanding contribution in different fields of Navy and Coast Guard.
Admiral Habib hails from the district of Tangail. He is the youngest son of Late Mohammad Ali, ex Deputy Secretary to the Government. He is married to Begum Hafiza Habib and has a closely-knit family of one son and one daughter. He loves to pass his leisure in reading various periodicals and magazines. He plays cricket, lawn tennis and golf.