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Ceremony recalls historic naval battle

Update: August, 04/2014 - 08:46
A ceremony commemorating those who sacrificed their lives in the Gulf of Tonkin sea battle 50 years ago took place yesterday in Ha Long City in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.— Photo thanhnnien

QUANG NINH (VNS) — A ceremony commemorating those who sacrificed their lives in the Gulf of Tonkin sea battle 50 years ago took place yesterday in Ha Long City in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

The 1964 fight against destroyer USS Maddox and United States aircraft was the first victory by the Viet Nam People's Navy, army and people in the north during America's war in Viet Nam.

Speaking at the ceremony, Rear Admiral Dinh Gia That, Commissar of the Viet Nam People's Naval Armed Service, underlined the historical value of the incident, saying that the sacrifice by naval officers and soldiers set an example for current and future generations.

He also affirmed that the Naval Armed Service would continue strengthening its force as well as improving its capacity to safeguard the national sea and island sovereignty, while maintaining peace and stability in the country's waters.

The same day, there was a get-together in Vinh city in the central province of Nghe An. Representatives from the Navy High Command presented insignia and gifts to veterans who participated in the battle. — VNS

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