A photo of navy soldiers will be printed on a postcard to be released soon. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Post)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Information and Communications will publish a collection of stamps on seas and islands every two years starting this year.

The aim is to raise people’s awareness of the important role of the country’s sea area.

The collection, named “Vietnam’s Sea & Islands Part 1: Sea Creatures”, will be published later this year, while “Vietnam’s Sea & Islands Part 2: Ships of Coast Guard”, will hit bookshelves in 2020.  “Vietnam’s Sea & Islands Part 3: Local Sea Creatures” will be published in 2022.

According to the Vietnam Post, the first collection will be issued on June 23 at the Navy Academy in the central city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province.

The collection will include four stamps and a stamp block with images of sea creatures in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

Together with the stamp collection, Vietnam Post will introduce other products, including traditional stamps with messages, such as

“Vietnam Post joins hands to protect national sovereignty on the sea”, and postcards accompanying stamps to send to navy soldiers and residents in the Truong Sa archipelago.

It will also publish stamps with personal portraits for people interested and other stamp products to meet the demands of stamp collectors both within and outside the country.

Vietnam Post will host an auction of the original oil-on-canvas paintings of the “Vietnam’s Sea & Islands Part 1: Sea Creatures” collection. The proceeds will be sent to military officers, soldiers and residents in Truong Sa archipelago.-VNA