This statement was underlined by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission, and Minister of National Defense, in a meeting  with the unit on May 25.

The event also saw the attendance of Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Phuong Nam, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA); and Lieutenant General Do Can, Deputy Director of the VPA’s General Department of Politics.

At the meeting, Major General Ha Tien Dung, Commander of Army Corps 18, briefed the delegation on the unit’s outcomes over the past years.

General Ngo Xuan Lich visits Army Corps 18

Accordingly, Army Corps 18 is a fully State-owned business under the Ministry of National Defense. Since its establishment on June 1, 1989, the corps operated nearly 300,000 safe flight hours, making significant contributions to the development of the military and the country.

Annually, the unit contributes around VND 250-300 billion to the State budget, has pre-tax profit margin ratios of 12-14 percent, and ensures stable incomes for its staff.

On behalf of the Central Military Commission and Ministry of National Defense, General Lich spoke highly of their achievements, particularly in doing business, implementing military tasks, and conducting many specialized flights.

In the coming time, he requested Army Corps 18 to continue to maintain its combat readiness posture, strictly follow State laws when running business, take good care of its staff, effectively implement military-defense missions in combination with economic development, and closely work with local authorities in protecting social order and security.

Moreover, the Minister of National Defense suggested the leadership of Army Corps 18 actively research, develop and apply new technology, expand its market, further uphold the image of Uncle Ho's soldiers in business, and hold meaningful activities in celebration of its 30th founding anniversary.

Finally, General Lich asked relevant agencies to summarize Army Corps 18’s proposals to submit to the Central Military Commission and Ministry of National Defense for consideration.

Translated by Van Hieu