09 February 2021
by Gabriel Dominguez
The Philippine Navy (PN) welcomed its second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF 151), as it traversed Philippine waters in the vicinity of Capones Island, Zambales Province, on 9 February.
The 107.5 m-long warship, which had left the facilities of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan on 5 February, was met by first-of-class BRP José Rizal (FF 150), with the two vessels later conducting manoeuvring exercises. The frigate was also welcomed with a fly-by by three Philippine Air Force FA-50PH advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft.
The PN welcomed its second and final José Rizal-class frigate, Antonio Luna, as it arrived in Philippine waters after departing South Korea on 5 February. (Philippine Navy )
Antonio Luna was expected to arrive shortly after at Subic Bay where it will be formally commissioned following mandatory Covid-19-related testing and quarantine of the crew and HHI personnel on board. The exact date of the induction ceremony was not revealed.
The vessel had been handed over to the service a month ahead of the contractual delivery date of 6 March, said the PN, adding that HHI provided “additional equipment and sustainment items, more training activities, and ship-design improvements, which are over and above its contractual obligations”.
PN Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, who was part of the Philippine team that cleared the frigate for acceptance and delivery following an inspection process held in late January in Ulsan, was quoted as saying that HHI’s “goodwill gesture has an estimated value of USD7.4 million”.
The frigate, which was launched in November 2019, completed sea acceptance trials off Ulsan on 18 December 2020.
The Philippine Navy (PN) welcomed its second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate, the ...