A ship carrying working delegations from ministries and localities as well as New Year gifts departed from Cam Ranh Port on January 5 for Truong Sa island district in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

As scheduled, the ship will drop in 20 islands and islets in the district, delivering gifts to people and soldiers there on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) – the most important festival of Vietnamese people in the year.

More than 80 reporters from media agencies across the country were also on board the ship.

Addressing the departure ceremony, Tran Son Hai, member of the Khanh Hoa Party Standing Committee and Vice Standing Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, wished soldiers and locals in Truong Sa island district enjoy a joyous and safe festival.

He said he hopes they will continue promoting heroic tradition and solidarity to overcome all difficulties and firmly safeguarding the national sovereignty over sea, islands and continental shelf.-VNA