Under the program, initiated by the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, 100,000 national flags have been handed over to fishermen in 10 localities during the past three months.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief To Dinh Tuan said the program demonstrates the sentiments of Vietnamese people at home and abroad in the protection of the country’s sea and island sovereignty.

Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper's Editor-in-Chief To Dinh Tuan (L) and representative of the navy at the event

Vietnamese fishing ships carrying the national flags are the “living markers” asserting the national sovereignty at sea.

Naval Captain Do Hong Duyen of the Command of Naval Region 2 said the program has strengthened the bond between the Vietnam People’s Navy in general and Naval Region 2 in particular with fishermen.

Tran Van Quang, a fisherman from Can Gio district of HCM City said the national flags not only tell their vessels’ country of origin, but also affirm Vietnamese fishermen’s resolve to help declare and protect the country’s sea and island sovereignty.

Source: VNA