The donation was handed over during a visit by a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to offer greetings to the Naval Command in the Northern city of Hai Phong ahead of the lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

The greenery at the central building of Truong Sa island

The “Greening Truong Sa” program was launched by the Vietnam People’s Navy in 2023.

Hang, who is also Chairwoman of the State Committee for OV Affairs, noted that during 2012 - 2023, the OV community donated over 28 billion VND for building patrol canoes and some facilities, and presenting essentials and gifts to soldiers and residents on the islands and the DK1 platforms, which are economic, scientific, and technical stations on the country's Southern continental shelf.

Besides, OVs have also made practical spiritual contributions to the safeguarding of the Fatherland’s maritime sovereignty over the past many years.

Following trips to Truong Sa, they have become the key force in many activities supporting the islands such as establishing the Vietnamese people’s fund for the seas and island sovereignty in the Republic of Korea in 2015, the Truong Sa Club in Germany in 2017, along with the Hoang Sa - Truong Sa Club in Poland in 2019 and another in the Czech Republic in 2022. They have also organized a number of workshops and forums on the East Sea (South China Sea), she noted.

The Deputy Minister thanked leaders of the Naval Command and relevant units for providing favorable conditions for the State Committee for OV Affairs to successfully arrange 10 trips for its staff members and OV representatives to visit soldiers and residents in the island district of Truong Sa and the DK1 platforms so far.

She voiced her belief that navy officers and soldiers will always fulfill their duties, including firmly safeguarding the maritime sovereignty as well as peace and security at sea.

Rear Admiral Do Van Yen, Deputy Political Commissar of the navy force, pledged to continue coordinating closely with the State committee to organize more trips to Truong Sa for OVs.

Expressing his hope for the OV community’s continued support for the homeland’s seas and islands, he appreciated their material and spiritual assistance and considered this as a source of encouragement for Truong Sa soldiers and residents to keep defending the country’s sacred territorial waters.

Source: VNA