A fleet of Vietnamese Fisheries Surveillance vessels dispatched, early this month, to stop China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig from illegally drilling in Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone has been significantly damaged by attacks from armed Chinese vessels.
Chinese military and civilian vessels have rammed the Vietnamese patrols and fired high-pressure water cannons through their windows.
The marine assaults have broken down fleet engines and disabled their radar and communication systems.
However, Vietnamese crews have found ways to fix the problems and remained determined to stay at sea and prevent the rig from illegally operating in Vietnamese waters.
A Thanh Nien reporter now sends readers images of Vietnamese fisheries surveillance ships off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands after a long trip at sea.
Photos: Mai Thanh Hai