The event was chaired by Major General Nguyen Anh Tuan, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Border Guard Command.

An overview of the ceremony

Following the decision of the Ministry of National Defense to send forces, equipment, and materials to assist Turkey to help the host overcome the earthquake consequences, Border Guard Technical School No.24 quickly selected nine officers, including coaches and staff, along with six service dogs to join the Vietnam People's Army delegation to perform rescue and relief missions in Turkey.

The rescue team was deployed to Hatay province, one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake in Turkey. They overcame difficulties and dangers to collaborate with other rescue forces in the host country to search at 31 points, detect 15 locations with victims, and retrieve 38 individuals from the rubble, including 36 bodies and two survivors.

Major General Nguyen Anh Tuan, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Border Guard Command, speaks at the event.

In addition, team members visited and shared essential goods and equipment, while voluntarily donating USD 50 each to support the Turkish people in overcoming losses and difficulties.

During the mission, the border guard officers clearly defined their responsibilities, upheld the spirit of solidarity, overcame difficulties, strictly observed discipline, and ensured safety in all aspects. They also performed well in defense external affairs, building friendship and solidarity with international friends, leaving a positive impression on the rescue forces and people of the host country.

Major General Nguyen Anh Tuan (center) presents flowers to the border guard officers, who have just completed their humanitarian assistance and earthquake disaster relief mission in Turkey.

Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Nguyen Anh Tuan praised the efforts of the officers in completing their assigned tasks, which contributed to reaffirming the prestige, responsibility, and capability of the Vietnam People's Army in general and the Vietnamese border guard troops in particular in international integration and cooperation.

He urged the Border Guard Technical School No.24 to continue improving educational quality, building adequate training fields, and developing good service dog breeds to meet the task requirements in the current context.

Translated by Trung Thanh