There are currently nine lighthouses on Truong Sa archipelago’s islands, namely Son Ca, Nam Yet, Sinh Ton, Da Lat, Da Tay, An Bang, Song Tu Tay, Tien Nu and Truong Sa Lon.
Managed and operated by the East Sea and Islands Maritime Safety Company, the lighthouses are considered as “sovereignty markers” and diligently shine every night to assist and guide ships passing through the area.
The lighthouse on Song Tu Tay was the first to be built in Truong Sa archipelago in 1993.
Meanwhile, the lighthouse on Son Ca island was put into operation in August 2010. Head of the Son Ca lighthouse Tran Van Chien said that the lighthouse operates from 5:30pm to 5:30am on the next day.
In any circumstance, the lighthouse is not permitted to stop working as it is not only a guiding point for vessels in the surrounding waters but also the light of national sovereignty at sea, he said.
The lighthouses are not allowed to stop working – this is an order from the hearts of officials and staff at the lighthouses and naval soldiers on duty at sea and on islands.
Head of the lighthouse on Sinh Ton island Bui Van Son, who has 20 years of experience and 10 years working in lighthouses in Truong Sa island district, said that despite poor working and living conditions on the islands, he has managed to complete his missions with love and responsibility for Vietnam’s sovereignty over its sky, seas and islands.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Nhu Tuyen, Political Commissar of Son Ca island, said that officials and staff of the Son Ca lighthouse have actively engaged in drills on island protection, contributing to strengthening the combat readiness of the island.
The lighthouse operators in Truong Sa archipelago have worked hard day and night, devoting their youth to ensure that the lighthouses never stop working./.