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    South Vietnam has stated its second display of military might in less than a fortnight.?

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    South Vietnam has stated its second display of military might in less than a fortnight. On June 19th, it was Armed Forces Day, and President Thieu reviewed a two hour parade, of more than 10,000 men and machines. On Sunday (July 1) the occasion was Air Force Day, marked again by a show of strength. The parade was reviewed by Air Force Commander, General Tran Van Minh, who also awarded citations and medals of honour.

    The displays came soon after the second Vietnam ceasefire agreement. Since then President Thieu said no-one could be naive enough to believe the enemy would honour the pact; He said South Vietnam would have to maintain and improve its military strength to force the aggressor to keep the agreement.

    SYNOPSIS: The commander of South Vietnam's Air Force, General Tran Van Minh, was at Tan son Mhut air base on Sunday for a parade marking Air Force Day.

    It was the second large display of military might in Saigon in the last two weeks. On June 19....Armed Forces Day....President Thieu reviewed a parade of 10,000 men and machines.

    Among General Minh's tasks at the special Air Force function was the presentation of awards to airmen and divisional commanders, ranging in rank from colonel to brigadier general. Both recent parades came soon after the signing of the second ceasefire agreement with North Vietnam.

    The displays of the South's land and air power have been supported by strong speeches from President Thieu. The President has urged hiss country to maintain and improve its military strength.

    President Thieu has said only military strength ready to defeat aggression can force the enemy to honour peace agreements they have signed.

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