The Prime Minister was accompanied by Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Tan Cuong, among others.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh welcomed at the Armored Corps.

Briefed on the unit’s combat readiness and preparation for the lunar New Year (Tet) festival, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his delight at visiting the corps and extended his best wishes to its troops.

He underlined that over the past 63 years, the armored troops, together with the whole military and people nationwide, made great victories during the struggle for national liberation and reunification, the national construction and defense cause, and the implementation of international obligation.

Generations of the unit’s troops overcame hardships and challenges, sacrificed themselves for the national independence and freedom, and the people’s happiness, he stressed.

The Prime Minister stressed that the resounding feats of arm, together with the spirit of ingenuity, creativity, and solidarity of the armored troops have contributed to beautifying the “Going to battle, winning the enemy” tradition, and the image of Uncle Ho’s soldiers.

On behalf of the leadership of the Party and State, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh praised the achievements that the troops of the Armored Corps have achieved over the past years, and at the same time, he wished that they would promote their heroic traditions to continue making worthy contributions to the national construction and defense cause.

The Prime Minister requested the Armored Corps to continue to embrace and effectively implement the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, resolutions of the Party Central Committee, and military-defense strategies, contributing to building an elite, compact, and strong force as well as improving training quality and meeting task requirements.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presents gifts to the unit.

In addition, the armored troops need to focus on researching new forms of warfare and combat methods to supplement and complete military theory and military art, maintaining combat readiness, adjusting combat plans at all levels, and promptly handling all situations, he noted.

The Armored Corps should continue to focus on building strong and healthy Party organizations and a contingent of Party members and personnel with strong political will and high capacity, he added.

Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang presents gifts to the Armored Corps.

The governmental official required the corps to provide adequate logistical and technical supply for missions while ensuring interests for troops during the traditional Tet festival.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister presented gifts to the Armored Corps and wished the unit’s troops good health, success and happiness. He expressed his belief that the tank-armored troops will promote solidarity, creativeness and virtues of Uncle Ho’s soldiers to fulfill all assigned tasks, contributing to firmly safeguarding the sacred national sovereignty.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in a joint photo with troops of the Armored Corps

Previously, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh planted a tree, wrote on memorial book and watched several historical objects at the Armored Corps Museum.

Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang presented gifts of the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense to the corps.

Translated by Trung Thanh