Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son has highlighted former Soviet military experts’ great contributions to Vietnam ’s war against US imperialists.

Son made the praise at an annual meeting with 120 former Soviet military experts who had assisted Vietnam during the war in Moscow on August 5, on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the first victory of the Navy and the Air Defence-Air Forces of the Vietnam People’s Army.

He expressed his deep gratitude to the experts, who had helped Vietnam build a modern air force that could firmly safeguard the country from the US invasion.

For their part, the former Russian experts recalled their unforgettable memories of the time when they served in Vietnam and thanked the Vietnamese Government and embassy for their care and support for them.

On August 5, 1964, the US staged the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident, using it as an excuse to send planes and ships to attack northern Vietnam .

Fighting back, Vietnamese armed forces shot down eight aircraft and arrested the first US pilot Everett Alvarez. They also drove the US destroyer Maddox out of the northern waters.-VNA