A flag salute ceremony held daily on the Song Tu Tay island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea
Two fishery control stations will be established on two islands in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea (South China Sea) to enforce laws at sea and contribute to safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, according to a decision of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries.
News from Tuoi Tre News, Vietnam
The stations will be built on Song Tu Tay and Da Tay islands, which belong to the Truong Sa Island District that was established in April 2007 in south-central Khanh Hoa Province.
Yesterday, May 21, Nguyen Ngoc Oai, deputy head of the Directorate, which is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, met with the provincial People’s committee to select locations for the two stations.
Another station will also be erected in the central city of Da Nang, according to the decision.
These stations will patrol, control and inspect every fishing activity in the area between Da Nang and south-central Ninh Thuan Province, and detect and handle violations of fishery regulations.
The stations will also take part in search and rescue at sea, and other disaster prevention and control activities to contribute to protecting people and vehicles operating at sea.
In addition, the station will contribute to activities that protect the country’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and national jurisdiction over its territorial waters.
In related news, China recently deployed 32 fishing boats to the Truong Sa region. At a press conference in Hanoi on May 9, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi said in response, “All activities in the East Sea must comply with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with respect to the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdictional rights of concerned countries.”
Vietnamese fishing in the South China Sea
Audio, In English, By By Dr. Nguyen Nha. Nha’s Phd dissertation’s title is “The process of asserting sovereignty of Vietnam over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa”. He is the first Vietnamese to earn a Phd on this topic:
The East Sea is thought to hold vast untapped reserves of oil and natural gas that could potentially place China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other claimant nations alongside the likes of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Qatar.
The waters hold around 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in proven and probable reserves, Reuters reported, citing the US Energy Information Administration.
For the ‘caretakers’ of the Russian-made Su-30MK2 fighter jets at an air base in the southern province of Dong Nai, work starts at 3:30am every day, before the sun is even up.
They are engineers and technicians of Air Regiment 935, tasked with the job of ensuring the fighters are flight-ready by 6:00am. The Su-30MK2 is a state-of-the-art supersonic fighter aircraft which is compared to a master cobra in the air thanks to its improved avionics, all-weather capability, and long-range endurance.
It is designed for maritime strikes, and air-to-air, and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.
A working day starts at 3:30am
The ‘caretakers’ are the first to start their work day at the air base, when the sky is still dark. With a flashlight in hand, technicians rush to the hangars to diagnose the jets to prepare for flight at 6:00am.
The flashlights are used to check the technical details of the engines.
To ensure safety during a flight, the technicians actually finish checking on systems such as weaponry, radar, communication, and engines the previous day. But they still start earlier to double check everything before the pilots arrive.
Most of the time the job is performed in silence, with each engineer covering their own assigned areas.
At 6:00am, the air base is woken up by the deafening roars of the Su-30MK2. Technicians stand around to observe and listen to the sounds of working engines. Many use no ear plugs so that they can hear more clearly and better well diagnose any issues the jets may have.
One of the technicians said they have adapted to the roar. They joke that their daily perfume is the smell of engine smoke stained on their clothes.
After the fighters return to the hangars after a flight session, the ‘caretakers’ are the first to talk to the pilots about the condition of the ‘cobras’, so that they know what issues to look for.
“If an error is reported by pilots, we technicians must find it and correct it immediately, before another flight session resumes,” said the chief of the 2nd Company at the air base.
The 31 year-old chief is the youngest official to hold the post since the Air Techniques Battalion of Regiment 935 was established in 1998.
Listening to the sounds of Su, the Su-30MK2’s nickname, can help you understand its condition, he said. Su is like a human being, and a healthy voice is different from a sick one.
It is the pride of the technicians to prepare Su and see it soar up in the sky and return to base safely, he added.
Seeing them working in the hangars, with temperatures usually 2-3 Celsius degrees higher than other areas, sometimes up to 45-46 degrees, helps people realize how much they love their jobs.
“They devote time to their job even when they can’t ask for leave to take care of their sick children in hospital,” said senior lieutenant and pilot Dang Dinh Kien. “I admire their sense of high responsibility. I can sense the condition of my fighter based on seeing the pride on their faces.”
That’s why every single technical error of the Su-30MK2 can be corrected by the Vietnamese technicians, Kien added.
“We believe in not allowing any errors in the sky. It’s not only responsibility but also human love, as our errors may claim the lives of others [pilots],” said Dang Xuan Vy — head of the technical battalion.
Thanks to this working spirit, Air Regiment 935 has a 15-year history of safe flights. It is the pride of the technicians standing in the background of victory.
Many of the technicians at the air base have been praised by Russian experts, as they have good ideas and correct routine technical errors that only exist in Vietnam due to weather and climatic conditions.
The title of ‘Golden Hand’ was awarded to Majors Nguyen Van Long and Mai Doan Chinh. Chinh is considered by colleagues to be a ‘live dictionary’ thanks to his deep knowledge of the Su-30MK2. Chinh learned Russian on his own and now can work as an interpreter for visiting Russian delegations.
‘Golden hand’ Long graduated with a middle-ranking diploma but can correct the most difficult errors by teaching himself.
Long is the first official at the air base who can smooth metal sheets in the air compression unit in the plane’s engine without damaging it.
With initiative and devotion to work, they invented devices to repair the cockpit cover and a net to prevent birds from entering the engine and damaging compression sheets. Dang Xuan Vy, head of the technical battalion, invented a tool to disassemble compression sheets.
First lieutenant Tran Gia Chuan, 28, invented a machine to check the ejection seat’s electrical system.
Living in rented houses, many of the staff have to work as part time teachers in local schools to earn extra income for their families. They even use their own money to buy devices to test tools of their own invention before submitting ideas to leaders.
The inventions and high responsibility help save time and money, a leader of the air base admitted.
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A team of 16 Vietnamese sappers and medical officers will take part in a multilateral military exercise in Brunei in June, with the participation of 18 countries.
Scheduled for June 17 to 20, the exercise to be hosted by Brunei will see the participation of the 10 ASEAN member countries, and their eight dialogue partners: Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.
These countries will bring troops, ships, aircraft, engineers and medical staff to Brunei to join the exercise.
It is the first-ever multilateral military exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and military medicine within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus).
Yesterday Lieutenant General Tran Quang Khue, Deputy Chief of General Staff for the Vietnam People’s Army and Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, inspected a training session of the team that will join the event.
The duties of the Vietnamese team, which includes sappers and military medical staff, will be to search for and rescue victims trapped under the debris of collapsed houses, the Committee said.
The sappers will use specialized equipment to search for victims and take measures to remove them from debris and give them first aid.
The sappers will later hand over the victims to medical staff of the team, who will classify patients and transport them to a makeshift hospital for treatment.
The exercise is aimed at improving mutual understanding between the armies of the country members of ASEAN and their dialogue partners and strengthening the ability of coordination between the countries’ armies in coping with circumstances of tragedies.
Soldiers at the Mieu Mon Military Training Centre have participated in a live fire training course organized by the Defense Ministry in the past days.
During the course, they were trained to gain access to updated infantry fighting techniques and tactics, military ceremonials and to use new weapons and Internet security tools.
About 500 cadres from military zones, services, high commands, schools, military hospitals, and academies attended this exercise.
Below are some photos provided by Vietnamplus:
Tanks of Brigade No. 201 deploying combat formation on the ground.
A team of soldiers firing a missile.
Infantry forces preparing to cross a river
They crossed the river.
Senior Lieutenant-General Do Ba Ty, Deputy Defense Minister, saw army products being on display at the Mieu Mon Military Training Centre.