An exhibition (photo) marking the 50 th anniversary of the first victory of the Vietnam People’s Navy and the northern militias (on August 2-5) was opened in Nghe An Province on July 12.
120 photos, documents and artifacts presenting the importance of the sea in the development of national defense and economy, honoring Vietnamese navy protecting the sovereignty of the sea and islands are displayed in the event.
The event also introduces 60 pictures on achivements and contribution of the people in Nghe An Province in the battle; and featuring their acivities towards the sea and islands.
The event will run until July 17.
On August 2, 1964, patrol boats from the Vietnam People’s Navy drove the US destroyer USS Maddox out of Vietnam’s territorial waters in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf, after repeated US intrusions.
The Tonkin Gulf incident prompted US President Lyndon Johnson to escalate the war into northern Vietnam. On August 5, the US airforce carried out more than 100 sorties targeting Vietnam’s naval bases in Quang Binh, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ninh provinces. The raids faced a strong resistance from the Vietnamese naval soldiers and the people, and August 5 has been observed as the traditional day of the Vietnam People’s Navy. (Source: Cpv)