Vietnam’s naval ship HQ 012-Ly Thai To (Illustrative photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam People’s Navy carried out all solutions it has set to consolidate soldiers and officers’ political and ideological firmness and strengthen training to enable its force to fit a variety of tasks, especially combat readiness on ships, in islands, and off-shore platforms.

The Vietnam People’s Navy reported its performance in 2017 at a press conference held in Hanoi on February 6.

The navy has maintained its regular patrols at sea ports and on territorial seas to promptly notice and deal with any emerging problems and operations conducted by foreign countries, helping firmly maintain the peaceful environment, the relations with other countries, and political stability in the country.

Attention was also given to logistics activities and the modernisation of weapon and other specialised equipment, heard the conference.

Search and rescue missions were also a highlight of the force in 2017, with 160 campaigns launched and 7,000 personnel deployed. These helped save 85 people on islands and off-shore platforms, and 190 people in distress at sea, and support 200 ships to reach safe shelters during stormy seasons.

The navy has made efforts in boosting bilateral and multilateral cooperation with their peers from the ASEAN member nations and Vietnam’s neighboring countries and defence partners. In 2017, it received 317 foreign delegations and 17 international naval ships, which came to Vietnam for visits and exchanges.

At the conference, Major General Tran Hoai Trung, Political Commissar of the Vietnam People’s Navy, asked the media to continue promoting the force’s protection of national sovereignty at sea, particularly concerning the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

He suggested the coverage of the navy’s work in human resources training to build a regular, modern, and competent marine force.-VNA