The mission includes troops of the NR 5 Command; representatives of the city of Can Tho and the provinces of Ca Mau, An Giang, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Dong Thap, Binh Duong, Dong Nai; and nearly 50 reporters from central and local press agencies.

Rear Admiral Ngo Van Thuan, Political Commissar of the NR 5 Command, said this meaningful activity is annually organized to encourage troops and islanders to overcome hardships and fulfill all assigned missions. With such sentiments, islander troops would heighten their sense of responsibility, combat readiness, and strive to strengthen the great national unity bloc and promote the military-civilian ties, contributing to firmly protecting national sovereignty over the Southwestern waters and islands.

Presenting gifts to troops on Southwestern islands

Over the past years, the units have received special material and spiritual supports from agencies, organizations and localities across the country.

In the buildup to the Tet Festival 2019, the units under the NR 5 Command are planning to organize many activities for troops such as story-telling contests, Chung cake wrapping contests, and exchange programs, he added.

The mission visited several NR 5’s units such as Brigade 127, Naval Flotillas 511, 512 and Battalions 553, 565, 551, and 563.

As scheduled, the mission will visit troops and people on the islands of Phu Quoc, Hon Doc, Nam Du, Hon Khoai, Hon Chuoi, and Tho Chu.

Translated by Lam Anh