Naval Zone 4 Sends Tet Gifts to Truong Sa (Spratly)
|The place where boats go in and out to avoid storms in Song Tu Tay. Photo: VNN|
Only 1 month left until Lunar New Year. While the peach and apricot flowers on the mainland have not yet bloomed, in the Truong Sa archipelago (the Spratly), Khanh Hoa province, spring always comes earlier than normal. That's when the ships of the Naval Zone 4 carried hundreds tons of food and Tet specialties to islands belonging to Truong Sa archipelago, including kumquat trees, apricot blossoms, green wrapping leaves, sticky rice, pork, chicken, and confectionaries.
The ships carrying Tet to Truong Sa this year are special and meaningful, when it takes place in the context of a complicated pandemic situation. The work of preparing goods and receiving Tet gifts for Truong Sa (Spratly) is carried out with great care by the Naval Zone 4 Command, to ensure safety.
Colonel Nguyen Thien Quan, deputy commander of Naval Zone 4, said: “All goods are carefully selected from the source to ensure food hygiene. We conduct Covid-19 testing and isolate the force involved in transporting goods to ensure safety. Despite the difficulties, we want to ensure the life and necessities for the Truong Sa army and people to welcome the happy, and safe Lunar New Year.
Four ships 561, 571, KN 490 and KN491 are carrying hundreds tons of food and Tet specialties to islands belonging to Truong Sa archipelago. That is the sincere heart of the mainland, sent to the army and people of Truong Sa, so that they can fully celebrate Tet.
|Bring spring to Truong Sa to celebrate Tet with soldiers guarding the island of the country. Photo: VOV|
Lieutenant Colonel Trinh Xuan Huan, who has celebrated several Tet occasions on Truong Sa archipelago, said, “What we get are not just goods but also love sent from the mainland, which is always sacred to our soldiers based on Truong Sa archipelago. We look forward to the days when Tet draws near to feel the warmth of love and know that we are not far away from the mainland.”
When the ships dock in, spring arrives to Truong Sa archipelago - That is the saying of the island soldiers when they see the ship docked. The apricot trees and kumquat trees full of spring energy are being brought to the islands. Spring is even greener with Truong Sa, when on this business trip, there are also young men with the desire to dedicate their youth to protect the country's sovereignty.
“When I received the decision to work in Truong Sa, I felt very honored. It is also an opportunity and a challenge for me. The opportunity is I am dedicated to the Fatherland. The challenge is when I myself will face many difficulties. Therefore, I must be more determined to successfully complete all tasks," soldier Pham Quang Truong said.
"7 days of isolation for pandemic prevention, about 2 days at sea, with seasickness, I finally reached the first island point in the journey to Truong Sa of the delegation.
The dizzying feeling of fatigued seasickness quickly gave way to overwhelming emotion when we set foot on the sacred territory of the Fatherland."
Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago consists of 21 islands and islets and is home to 33 navy units. Recognizing the importance of the archipelago and the DK1 rigs on the southern continental shelf, over the years the Party, State, and people have joined hands to make them stronger. In addition to military units, Truong Sa now boasts schools, medical stations, cultural houses, memorials, pagodas, and green spaces.
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