Present at the event were Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Phuong Nam, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army; Lieutenant General Nguyen Doan Anh, Commander of Military Region 4 (MR4); Major General Tran Vo Dung, Political Commissar of Military Region 4; and representatives of several other departments and agencies.

Delegates at the opening ceremony of the exercise

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Hoang Dang Quang, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Head of the exercise's Steering Committee, stressed that this year's exercise plays a very important role when global, regional, and East Sea (South China Sea) situations in recent years have seen complicated developments. Besides, in the domestic sphere, hostile forces have continued to carry out the “peaceful evolution” plot. 

The exercise aims to raise knowledge and awareness of local cadres of operation mechanisms of defensive areas under the 10th-tenure Politburo’s Resolution No.28/NQ-TW on turning centrally-run cities and provinces into firm defensive areas in the current period, and the implementation of the Government's Decree No.21/2019/ND-CP on defensive areas.

The exercise is also designed to evaluate the commanding capability and combat readiness ability of local armed forces in handling unexpected situations, to improve the local plans in building the defensive areas, and to raise awareness and responsibility of troops at all levels of this task in the current period.

The defensive area exercise in 2019 of Quang Binh province will last until August 14.

Translated by Lam Anh