Services

Navy

The Navy is the core service in protecting Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty. The Navy’s responsibility is to strictly manage and control the waters and islands in the East Sea under Vietnam’s sovereignty, to maintain security, to counter any acts of violating sovereignty, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and national interests of Vietnam at sea, to secure normal activities of Vietnam in its waters and islands in conformity with Vietnamese and international laws, to ensure maritime safety and participate in search-and-rescue operations in accordance with Vietnam’s laws and the international conventions adopted by Vietnam, to be ready for join and combined operations to defeat any aggressions from and at sea.

The Navy Headquarters takes command of the entire Navy. The Headquarters has the Commander and Vice Commanders, the Commissar and the Deputy Commissar. It also consists of agencies responsible for military affairs, Party and political work, technical and logistic issues.

The Navy is organized into five Naval Regions (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and affiliated units. The main forces of the Navy are the units of surface ships, coastal artillery and land-to-sea missiles, marine, naval commando and island defence forces. The Navy has been reinforced with personnel and equipment to effectively conduct search-and-rescue operations.

In the future, the Navy will be further equipped with modern weapons and enhanced combat power to be sufficiently capable of accomplishing the task of protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and national interests at sea.

The Navy enjoys a very glorious tradition, having achieved great feats of arms in fighting against the sabotage war launched by the U.S. Air Force and Navy in the North of Vietnam, particularly in breaking through the U.S. sea lane blockade, and in accomplishing its assigned tasks in the historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign.

The first Commander cum Commissar was Mr Ta Xuan Thu.

Traditional day: 07/5/1955

Noble Awards

- Hero of the People’s Armed Forces (1989);

- 02 Gold Star Orders (1985 and 2010);

- 01 Ho Chi Minh Order (1979);

- 02 Independence Orders (01 First-class 2000; 01 Second-class 1965);

- 03 Military Exploit Orders (01 First-class 1984; 02 Second-class 1964 and 1983);

- 01 Labour Order (Third-class 1963).

In addition, A number of the Service’s units and personnel have been awarded the title of Hero of the People’s Armed Forces, and decorations, etc...

Air Defence - Air Force

The Air Defence - Air Force is a service assuming the responsibilities of both national air defence and air forces. It is the core force responsible for the control and defence of the airspace, protection of the nation’s key facilities and the people, and participates in safeguarding the Homeland’s seas and islands.

The Air Defence - Air Force is able to independently perform its missions, or to take part in joint and combined operations. The service plays the role of a consultative organ for the Ministry of National Defence on matters concerning the building of the air defence of the Ground Forces and the air force of other services, arms and branches. The military air transportation units, besides the task of supporting combat and combat readiness, also take part in natural disaster relief operations and economic development activities.

The Air Defence - Air Force is organized into the Service Command, combat units, support units, educational institutions and production units. The Service Command has the Commander and Vice Commanders, the Commissar and the Deputy Commissar. It also consists of agencies responsible for military affairs, Party and political work, technical and logistic issues, and affiliated units. The main combat units of the service are air divisions, air defence divisions, and affiliated units.

The Air Defence - Air Force is gradually equipped with various types of modern combat aircraft, missiles, anti-aircraft artilleries and other technical means, including multi-purpose fighters, long-range air defence missiles and new generation radars. The service has well performed the training task, maintained the combat readiness and control of the country’s airspace, and taken part in search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations.

During the liberation war, the Air Defence - Air Force, by performing its duties with excellence, defeated the two wars of sabotage of the U.S. Air Force and Navy in the North, protected the transportation of supplies from the North to the South, making worthy contribution to defending the North and liberating the South, thus achieving national reunification. By virtue of their achievements in combat operations and other tasks, both the Air Defence and Air Force have been awarded the title of Hero of the People’s Armed Forces.

The first commander was Gen. Phung The Tai

Traditional day: 22/10/1963

Noble awards:

- 5 times awarded the title Hero of the People’s Armed Forces (Missile Arms, Air Force Arms, Radar Arms, Air - Defence gun Arms, and Air Defence Service)

- 2 Gold Star Orders (Air Force Service and Air Defence Service);

- Ho Chi Minh Order (Air Defence Service)…

Border Guard

The Border Guard, equivalent to a service, is a component of the VPA. It exercises the functions of controlling, protecting national sovereignty, territorial integrity, public order and security of national borders on land, at sea, and border gates as regulated by laws. It is also a force in defence zones of the border provinces and districts.

The Border Guard bears the main responsibility for coordinating with concerned branches and forces in local areas and authorities in controlling and protecting the national border lines and border landmarks, ensuring the implementation of agreements, regulations and laws on border issues, detecting and fighting against all illegal activities and sabotages, and crimes of all kinds to preserve sovereignty, security and public order in the boundary areas; carrying out the border guard external relations, maintaining contacts with agencies concerned of neighbouring countries to settle the border related issues with a view to building the border of peace and friendship, hence making contribution to the creation of an environment of stability and development that actively supports the policy of expanding international cooperation.

The Border Guard is consistently organized and commanded from its Headquarters to grassroots units, including the Border Guard Command, border guard provincial (municipal) commands, border guard maritime brigades, and border guard posts, border guard maritime detachments. The Border Guard Command has the Commander and Vice Commanders, the Commissar and the Deputy Commissar. It also consists of agencies responsible for military affairs, Party and political work, technical and logistic issues, the Department of Drugs Prevention and Control, and affiliated units.

The Border Guard has become increasingly stronger, professionally competent, and adept at mass mobilization and expert in Vietnam laws, as well as international laws and practices. It is equipped with border guard professional means and devices and increasingly modern weapons to accomplish its tasks.

The first Commander cum Commissar was Mr Phan Trong Tue.

Date of Establishment: 03/3/1959.

The whole people border defence day: 03/3.

Noble awards:

- 2 times honored the Hero of People’s Armed Forces

- 1 Gold Star Order;

- 2 Ho Chi Minh Orders;

- 2 Independence Orders (First and Second - class);

- 2 Military Exploit Orders (First and Third - class)...

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