Philippine Navy's Missile Capable Frigate Arrived, Signals Major Leap Towards AFP Modernization

The Philippine Navy entered the era of modernization under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte after the Navy's first and only missile capable frigate arrived in the country from Ulsan, Korea. The missile capable frigate will be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), once it is commissioned to service.

The arrival of  signaling a major leap towards the fulfillment of PN's thrust of having modern platforms and systems which provide opportunities for its personnel to develop modern mindsets and propel the whole organization into becoming a multi-capable naval force responsive to our maritime nation's defense and development.

BRP Jose Rizal arrived in Subic, Zambales on May 23 after its five day maiden voyage from Ulsan Korea, where it was manufactured by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan, Korea.

Upon reaching the Philippine waters early morning of May 21, FF150 exchanged signals and communications through radio with BRP Quezon (PS70) that is currently deployed in Mavulis Island, Batanes.

On early morning of May 22, the Naval Forces Northern Luzon welcomed FF150 by rendering a meeting procedure with its first patrol boat division composed of three patrol boats at the vicinity of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Later in the afternoon, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) with one Augusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 Fixed Wing Aircraft conducted a meeting procedure with FF150 along the vicinity of Sta. Cruz, Zambales. It was then escorted by PS17 to its designated anchorage area.

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The modern and missile capable frigate Jose Rizal was accorded the traditional passing honors with PS17 and three multipurpose assault crafts (MPACs). The momentous event was captured during the fly-by of two naval helicopters – the anti-submarine helicopter, AW159 and AW109.

According to Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe greeted all the officers and men of FF150, PN Frigate Owners representatives and the support team from Republic of Korea, saying, “We are one with the Filipino people in expressing our profound gratitude in bringing pride and honor to the Philippine Navy and the AFP".

While at anchor, the sailing crew will undergo two-week quarantine in adherence to the strict health protocols being implemented by the Philippine government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BRP Jose Rizal warships are derivatives of the HDF-3000 frigate design, which is a smaller version of the Incheon (FFX-1) frigate class operated by the RoKN.

Aside from BRP Jose Rizal, the Philippine government also ordered the second frigate of the Jose Rizal class, which will be known as BRP Antonio Luna under a PHP16 billion (USD315 million) contract awarded to HHI in 2016, with an additional PHP2 billion set aside for weapon systems and munitions, according to the state-owned Philippine News Agency.

Source: PNA
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