National defence does not stand only for military: Also safeguard nation’s sovereignty, religion, culture, traditions, and public life and property

Nay Pyi Taw March 2

We must safeguard everything including the nation’s sovereignty, religion, culture, traditions, and public life and property as the national defence or the main duty of the Tatmadaw is not just for the military duty.

The Tatmadaw must enhance its combat prowess and fighting power which is the main requirement to safeguard the nation through military means, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at his meeting with officers, other ranks and families of the Myeik Station of the Coastal Region Command at Taing Yan Aung Hall of the command headquarters this morning.

Present at the meeting were Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of the Senior General, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, the commander of Coastal Region Command and officers, other ranks and families of the Myeik Station.

At the meeting, the Senior General said Tatmadaw members are being provided with trainings to have the good foundations and physical fitness from the basic military courses as every individual needs rank-wise capability and ability. They should effectively apply the sector-wise military science provided by the trainings in their practical field. The Tatmadaw must be well-trained to have the ability and prowess in accord with the motto – learn, undergo training and obey.

Tatmadaw members must have physical fitness and the ability to skillfully handle their weapons. Every armed forces of the world is undergoing military training. Tatmadaw members must be constantly trained at their command HQs in addition to the training schools. Living and working under the prescribed rules daily will enhance their ability.

As the country still has to see armed conflicts, efforts are being made for singing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and 10 armed groups have so far signed it. But there are delays in some issues. In restoring peace, time frame is necessary in line with step-by-step provisions of the NCA.

The Tatmadaw is working with care so that Our Three Main National Causes are not harmed. The country is pursing multi-party democracy. If the country lacks political stability and security, there will be difficulty in marching towards democracy goal. This is why the Tatmadaw is working as hard as it could with great care.

The Senior General urged those from the military headquarters, units and households to run Tatmadaw-owned agriculture and livestock farms as well as manageable ones. Tatmadaw-sponsored agricultural and livestock breeding tasks are being carried out to support the living conditions of Tatmadaw families. Then, surpluses of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables need to be sold to department personnel at reduced prices. By doing so, it will contribute to the food sufficiency of Taninthayi Region with poor transport. The Senior General then stressed the need to conduct culture courses, computer training courses and English language courses for the students of Tatmadaw families. Parents must pass on the legacy of education to their children.

The Tatmadaw is making efforts for the education promotion of Tatmadaw members and their families. Parents on their part need to motivate their children to read knowledgeable publications while they themselves need to learn.

Afterwards, the Senior General presented foods to officers and other ranks and their families from the station and the Senior General’s wife donated cash award for the station Maternal and Child Welfare Association. The commander and wife accepted the donations.

Admiral Tin Aung San and General Maung Maung Kyaw presented fiction and non-fiction books and sports gear to officers, other ranks and families of the station through officials. After the meeting, the Senior General and party cordially greeted officers, other ranks and families from the station who attended the meeting.

In the afternoon, the Senior General and party arrived at the naval command headquarters in Kyunsu and inspected cultivation of seasonal crop plants in the greenhouse and breeding of DYL species pigs at the farm in the compound of the headquarters. The commander of the naval command headquarters conducted the Senior General and party round the farms. At the meeting with officers and other ranks of the naval command headquarters, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw fulfills requirements of food and accommodation for convenience of servicemen as they are discharging duty in the far-flung area. The Senior General urged them to individually carry out livestock breeding tasks on a manageable scale.

He stressed the need for servicemen to keep themselves one with the local people from the region where they are assigned. The Senior General noted that it needs to always protect and safeguard water resources of the country in line with the motto of the Tatmadaw (Navy): “We must protect Myanmar seas”.

At present, he highlighted that the Tatmadaw is standing top on the list of the strongest navies in the Southeast Asia. So, efforts must be made for upgrading the Tatmadaw (Navy) to reach its goal as the Blue Water Navy. In so doing, he pointed out that individual skill of officers and other ranks is of great importance. So, he urged them to take training sessions continuously.

The Senior General stressed the need to carry out maintenance of war vessels to be readiness for fighting and have fitness and to run them on time. As today is technology age, it is necessary to make continuous learning without losing sight to be able to meet advancement of the age. Depending on ship-building technologies, exercising military tactics may be changed. So, he explained as servicemen need to have school education as well as techniques, and the Tatmadaw is arranging promotion of education for those servicemen.

The Senior General presented foodstuff for officers, other ranks and families of the naval command headquarters and his wife, cash award for Station Maternal and Child Welfare Association through the commander of the naval command headquarters and wife. Afterwards, Admiral Tin Aung San and General Maung Maung Kyaw gave books on various subjects and sports equipment for officers, other ranks and families of the station to officials.

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