The Huyen Tran DK 1/7 platform (Photo: VNA)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) – A ceremony commemorating naval soldiers who died while working on Vietnam’s southern continental shelf was held on the ship 624 in the Bai Tu Chinh (Vanguard Bank) in the East Sea.

During the past decades, soldiers of Battalion DK1 served at the economic-scientific-service cluster (DK1) to protect sea and island sovereignty.

However, harsh weather conditions and storms made several DK1 platforms collapse and claimed the lives of some officers and soldiers.

Colonel Le Duc Viet, deputy head of the inspection committee of the Naval Region 2 High Command, recalled the sacrifice of Sen. Lt. Nguyen Huu Quang, who served at the DK1/3 Phuc Tan platform. After days of drifting out at sea after the platform collapse, he gave up his lifebuoy and dry provisions to the weakest soldier and passed away on December 5, 1990.

Colonel Vu Quang Chuong – Chief Commander of the 2A DK1/6 Phuc Nguyen platform – calmly steered the evacuation of his soldiers during a typhoon in 1998. Meanwhile, Warrant Officer Le Duc Hong tried until the last moment of his life to keep contact with the mainland after the platform collapsed, Viet added.

The officer said their sacrifices were a noble symbol of naval soldiers’ heroic virtue. He encouraged the DK1 soldiers to continue their mission of safeguarding the country’s maritime sovereignty and continental shelf.-VNA