Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh offered incense at the Gac Ma memorial complex in south-central Khanh Hoa Province on Saturday to pay tribute to the naval soldiers who perished protecting Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago in 1988.
PM Chinh visited the venue during a fact-finding visit to Cam Lam District as part of his business trip in Khanh Hoa Province.
The premier offered incense and paid homage to the 64 heroes who laid down their lives protecting Gac Ma Reef in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on March 14, 1988.
The 64 soldiers of the Vietnam People's Navy were heroic and selfless to defend the sacred sovereignty of the fatherland and are shining examples of nationalism, the leader stated.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his delegation visit the Gac Ma memorial complex in Khanh Hoa Province, March 12, 2022. Photo: X.T. / Tuoi Tre|
The Gac Ma memorial complex covers an area of over 25,000 square meters in Cam Hai Dong Commune, Cam Lam District.
Costing more than VND130 billion (US$5.6 million), the construction was finished in July 2017.
During his visit to the complex, PM Chinh discussed the future expansion of the venue with secretary of the Khanh Hoa Party Committee Nguyen Hai Ninh and leader of the provincial labor federation.
Later the same day, the government chief visited and handed gifts to soldiers of the 189th Submarine Brigade and 162nd Brigade under the 4th Naval Region.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh pays tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Gac Ma memorial complex in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, March 12, 2022. Photo: X.T. / Tuoi Tre|
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his delegation take a photo with soldiers of the 189th Submarine Brigade in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, March 12, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|