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Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago seen from above

A VnExpress  correspondent has recently had a chance to fly over Truong Sa Lon island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, on a seaplane to capture panoramic views from the air.

A VnExpress  correspondent has recently had a chance to fly over Truong Sa Lon island, part of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, on a seaplane to capture panoramic views from the air.
A VnExpress correspondent has recently had a chance to fly over Truong Sa Lon island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, on a seaplane to capture panoramic views from the air.

Under the approval of the Vietnam Navy and Air Defense – Air Force, the correspondent was allowed on a DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplane to take photos of the largest island of the archipelago.

The DHC-6, which is a transport aircraft designed by Canada, is able to take off and land on short runways, as well as land and take off on the water.

With a wingspan of 20 meters and a maximum speed of nearly 300km per hour, DHC-6 seaplanes have a design range of more than 1,400km and are used by the air force of the Vietnam Navy for patrol, search and rescue operations.

The Vietnam Navy’s DHC – 6 Twin Otter seaplane also joined the search for the missing Malaysian MH370 airliner last March.

Below are some photos featuring aerial views of Truong Sa Lon island taken by the VnExpress  correspondent:

The front side of Truong Sa Lon Island with the berth.

A corner of the island’s backside.

The residential area of the island with six households lying next to each other.

The island’s lighthouse.

The center of Truong Sa Town with the Truong Sa Lon pagoda, the local government’s house for guests, the island’s command house, which is under-construction, the martyrs memorial, Truong Sa Town’s People’s Committee, and the island’s hall with a Vietnam national flag on its rooftop.

One of the two pilots of the DHC – 6 seaplane belonging to the air force of the Vietnam Navy.

The DHC – 6 seaplane landing on the runway of Truong Sa Lon island.

The seaplane passing by the island’s sovereignty milestone and martyrs memorial after landing on the runway.