PNS IQBAL is the headquarter of
commander SSG(N). The commander SSG(N) is placed under the
command of Commander Coastal areas.
During the post 1965 war analysis Pakistan Navy felt the
need of establishing a Special force, which could be used
for covert offensive operations against enemy shore based
facilities and the units at sea or in harboursAs a
consequence, training volunteers for frogman / special Ops
formed a new offensive arm for Pakistan Navy in 1966.
Shortly after raising, the capabilities of this elite group
were multiplied through the acquisition of midgets,
chariots and combat/ auxiliary diving equipment. The
training of volunteers selected from all branches of the
Navy for Special Service Group (Navy) was conducted on the
lines of British Special Boat Squadron (SBS), British
Special Air Services (SAS) and US Navy SEALS. They were to
be trained as frogmen, commandos, paratroopers and
operators of special craft of multiple roles. During the
initial years, basic training of SSG (N) was conducted at
Diving School PNS HIMALYIA and the advance training at PNS
IQBAL, which was commissioned on 29 March 1967 as the home
of SSG (N). Since 1968, all SSG (N) training is being
conducted at PNS IQBAL.
Within a few years of rising, SSG (N)
participated in PAK-INDO war of 1971. During this war SSG
(N) was divided into two groups for X-craft and SEAL Ops
SEAL Group participated in Counter
Insurgency (CI) Ops in East Pakistan. Apart from the PN
S/M, X-Craft were the only platform, which patrolled the
enemy’s water for weeks.
During first two decades of its inception SSG (N)
capabilities were confined to frogmen Ops with overwhelming
focus on underwater covert insertion through X-Craft and
chariots. However through a well thought out training
philosophy SSG (N) transformed into a potent out fit
capable of operating at Sea, Sub Sea, Air and Land
dimensions. Through out its history of almost 4 decades
unit has been performing diversified Ops as per the
dictates and employment directives of higher HQs.