Kim Jong Un Inspects Ryo Islet Defence Detachment of KPA

Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, inspected the Ryo Islet Defence Detachment standing guard over a forward post off the East Coast of Korea.

Warmly shaking hands with commanding officers, Kim Jong Un said he was very pleased to see the islet clad in thick verdure. He praised them for having thoroughly carried out the last instruction to plant a lot of trees given by leader Kim Jong Il to the detachment.

Walking along the nicely paved road in the compound of the barracks, he said with joy he felt as if he were entering a resort.

Watching various species of fruit trees including tall apricot and persimmon trees, he expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the detachment successfully turned the islet into a thick woodland, greenery and orchard as intended by the Central Committee of the Party.

He went round the monument to field guidance given by the peerless great men of Mt. Paektu and the room devoted to the education in the revolutionary history and the room dedicated to its history.

He noted that the detachment could be developed into matchless combat ranks capable of resolutely beating back any surprise attack of enemies thanks to the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

He called upon the detachment to intensify the education in the immortal exploits the President and Kim Jong Il performed in commanding the army so that its service personnel may more successfully undergo their military service, cherishing the pride and honor of defending the combat post visited by them although they are performing their duty on the islet far away from the land.

He heard a report on the detachment’s performance of the combat duty.

Underscoring the need for the commanding officers and soldiers of the detachment to always think of a decisive battle against enemies even in peacetime, he clarified issues arising in rounding off the combat preparations of the detachment.

He said that the Ryo Islet Defence Detachment is an outpost like gateway in the East Sea leading to the yard of the Central Committee of the Party and its soldiers are sentries defending the country in the van.

It is an important combat mission of the detachment to definitely turn the islet into an impregnable fortress and unsinkable battleship and thus not to allow enemies to invade the socialist homeland, he added.

He instructed the detachment to effectively conduct the education in faith, the working class, patriotism and morality among its service personnel in a unique manner so that they may think of battle awake and asleep, spend nights and greet new days with trainings and thus regard it part of their life and habit to undergo trainings.

Going round the service personnel’s hall, he acquainted himself with the political and ideological education of them.

He said that the hall was built well and visual aid materials looked diverse and peculiar to suit the mentality of the service personnel, adding he felt as if he were looking round a museum.

There is no more powerful weapon in the world than the political and ideological might of soldiers and they can always emerge victorious in a battle when the officers regard the mental power of the service personnel as an all-powerful treasured sword, he said.

He underlined the need to let the service personnel always listen to the voices of the Party by watching TV and reading the newspaper of the People’s Army and books such as revolutionary novels in order to firmly prepare them politically and ideologically.

He took care of the living of the service personnel as their real father would do, going round the service personnel’s health complex, vegetable greenhouse without a heating system, mushroom cultivation site, flower greenhouse and other supply service facilities and the companies under the detachment.

Seeing a variety of food on the table in the mess room of the health complex and meat soup boiling in the kettle, he said the meal looked sumptuous though he came to the islet without a prior notice. It is gratifying that its each service man is provided with 250g of bean-based food every day thanks to successful soy farming, he noted.

He said it is spectacular to see the azolla filliculoidas habitat where a cosy pavilion is standing and lots of ducks, geese, rabbits and turkeys in the animal sheds. He said with a broad smile on his face that the greenhouse and animal sheds operated by the detachment looked like a botanical garden and zoo and this is enough to clearly show that it has a solid base for supply service.

He again noted with satisfaction that the Ryo Islet Defence Detachment is like an unsinkable battleship from the viewpoint of combat preparations and the islet is to be proud of from the viewpoint of the soldiers’ living.

Saying that the detachment has successfully done everything the Party Central Committee considered as good, he highly praised it as a model unit where the party’s military policy is being most correctly implemented and a typical one for the whole army to learn from.

The key to the successful military and political work is in hands of the commanding officers of a relevant unit, he noted, praising the commander of the detachment as a very persevering commanding officer having a great zeal to work and a model to be followed by the commanding officers of the whole army.

And he personally proposed awarding the title of labor hero to Hero of the Republic Chon Jae Gwon, commander of the detachment, and its political commissar and personally conferred a higher military rank upon the political commissar on the spot by an order of the supreme commander.

He was accompanied by Hwang Pyong So, Pyon In Son, Choe Ryong Hae and Han Kwang Sang.

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