A meeting was held in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on November 24 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dam Doi, Cai Nuoc, Cha La battle.

Former Defence Minister General Pham Van Tra joined military leaders of the Military Zone 9 and the Mekong Delta provinces, and over 6,000 locals at the event.

Speaking on the occassion, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Thanh Tuoi reviewed the famous victory, in which the local armed force shot down 10 US aircraft and captured more than 1,000 enemies alive, wiping out three key positions of the enemy.

The achievement marked the outstanding development of the revolutionary armed force and played an important role in the national resistance war against the US, Tuoi stressed.

Over the past 50 years, Ca Mau province has overcome the aftermath of war to rebuild and develop the local economy.

The province currently has a food production capacity of 600,000 tonnes per year. It contributed almost 5 trillion VND (235 million USD) to the state budget and export value reached 1 billion USD in 2013.-VNA