Truong Sa islands: 41 years since liberation

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 09:22

A photo of Truong Sa islands. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Forty-one years ago, on April 29, 1975, the Navy High Command and the High Command of Military Zone 5 successfully staged an offensive, liberating Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. 


Shortly after the liberation, Truong Sa remained a wild and isolated place, mostly dust and sand. Forty-one years later, thanks to the hard work by officers and soldiers stationed on the island, Truong Sa has changed drastically.


It is now covered by many different types of trees. Residents of the island even found out ways to grow vegetables on salty land, with current production meeting about 70 percent of local demand.


Facilities, such as a port, lighthouse as well as systems of meteorology forecast and clean energy, have been built to develop the local economy and boost capacity in safeguarding the national sovereignty at sea.


Education and health care on the island have also been given a facelift, thus improving the living standards of residents./.