The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has commissioned the newly delivered brand new, four-dimensional warfare-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) into the service with the Philippine Navy.
The AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr joined the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana in commissioning the ceremony of FF 150 at the Alava Wharf, Subic Bay Zambales on July 10.
To formally transfer the ownership of FF 150 to the Philippines, the brand new frigate’s documents and certificates were received by Secretary Lorenzana from Mr Bokyeung Kang, Project Manager of the South Korean ship building company, Hyundai Heavy Industries.
The AFP Commander in Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte graced and delivered his messaged in the ceremony virtually. The ceremony was also attended by the living descendants of Jose Rizal with Mr Emmanuel Herbosa being the eldest, the Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Giovani Carlo Bacordo, Major Service Commanders, South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson Atty Wilma Eisma.
The new frigate named after the national hero Dr Jose Rizal is a missile-equipped warship that is capable of carrying out anti-air, anti-surface, anti- submarine, and electronic warfare operations.
The ship will also serve as a representation of a stronger and a more capable Armed Forces of the Philippines that will always fulfill its mandate, Protecting the People and Securing the State. AFP.MIL.PH