President Tran Dai Quang ​meets with officers and soldiers of Naval Team 2 of the Border Guard High Command and Company 33 on Ngu Island in Nghe An province (Photo: VNA)

Nghe An (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang visited Naval Team 2 of the Border Guard High Command and Company 33 on Ngu Island in central Nghe An province on April 30.

Naval Team 2 of Nghe An’s Border Guard High Command is tasked with protecting the sovereignty and security in the province’s inshore waters which is more than 82km long.

Border guards are among key forces in safeguarding sovereignty and keeping security and order at sea in Nghe An.

Meanwhile, Company 33 of the province’s Military High Command is responsible for ensuring security on sea routes and participates in natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue.

Lauding officers and soldiers’ efforts to fulfill assigned tasks, President Quang emphasised that Vietnam has a long coast which is favourable for sea-based economic activities and sea tourism. However, that advantage also poses a heavy duty for the nation on how to protect independence and sovereignty in sea and island areas.

He asked Company 33 to thoroughly grasp the situation and do a good job of training and building combat plans. It also needs to assist local fishermen and step up communication activities to help them ensure safety during offshore fishing trips.

He also voiced support for the combination of socio-economic activities and defence tasks on Ngu Island.

On this occasion, the State leader offered incense to 14 soldiers who laid down their lives on the island during the war against the US.

On late April 29, President Quang attended an opening ceremony of the sea tourism season in Cua Lo township.

Cua Lo, a renowned destination of Nghe An, aims to welcome more than 1.8 million tourists and earned over 1.63 trillion VND (71.4 million USD) from tourism in 2017, respectively rising by 10 percent from 15 percent from last year.-VNA