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President attends gathering celebrating 50th anniversary of "Dien Bien Phu in the air" victory

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on December 19 attended a get-together held by the Air Defence-Air Force to mark the 50th anniversary of the "Dien Bien Phu in the air" victory in 1972.

The event brought together leaders of the Ministry of National Defence, revolutionaries, war veterans and history witnesses who directly contributed to the victory.

In the 12 days and nights of fierce fights in Hanoi in late December 1972 against the US air force, the Vietnamese army and people defeated US airstrikes in the North, shooting down 81 aircraft of all kinds, including 34 B-52 strategic bombers, forcing the US to sign the Paris Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam (Paris Peace Accords) in January 1973.

This triumph is also called the “Dien Bien Phu in the air” victory, which took the name from the victory of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign in 1954 that put an end to the French colonial rule over Indochina.

With the "Dien Bien Phu in the air" victory, the US was forced to stop bombing the northern of Vietnam and return to negotiations at the Paris Conference and sign the Paris Peace Accords.

Addressing the event, President Phuc said that the victory reflected the sound political and military policies of the Party. It is the victory of the people-based war and people-based air defence of Vietnam, the success of the political strength and the spirit of the whole Vietnamese nation, and the will and determination to defeat the US invaders.

It is one of the glorious feats and a great epic in the 20th century, he said, highlighting some lessons that are still valuable until today.

President Phuc affirmed that the Party, State and people of Vietnam always remember and respect the heroic martyrs, official and soldiers of the Air Defence-Air Force who laid down their lives to make various glorious victories.

He highly valued the force's efforts to promote its tradition and complete its tasks in firmly protecting and managing the country's airspace as well as in research, rescue and natural disaster relief activities.

He also lauded the force's performance during the Vietnam Defence exhibition 2022.

Holding that the mission to construct and safeguard the Fatherland in general and the national sovereignty over the sky and ocean is a heavy one, the President asked the Air Defence-Air Force to continue to promote the spirit of the "Dien Bien Phu in the air" victory, and build a strong force in all aspects.

At the same time, the force should stay active in all circumstances to protect the nation from early and afar, while giving advice to the Party and State, the Central Military Commission and Ministry of National Defence on measures to build the air defence, air force and people-based air defence forces, thus creating a firm people-based air defence position ready to fight to protect the country's sky.

The President also reminded the force of ensuring flight safety and actively engaging in military science and technology research in the field of air defence-air force./.