The second missile-capable frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN), the BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), was launched on 8 November 2019, in Ulsan, South Korea.
Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, together with officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration of Korea, led the launching ceremony at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Aside from signifying the defense cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea, the acquisition of BRP Antonio Luna also demonstrates the necessity of modernizing the Navy’s maritime capability to defend our archipelagic state
Like BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), the new frigate is armed with Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Electronic Warfare Operation capabilities. Both frigates were acquired under Horizon 2 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program through a contract with HHI, which was signed in 2016 by Secretary Lorenzana and Mr. Kisun Chung, Vice President/Owner of HHI.
Each state-of-the-art frigate will be equipped with Surface to Surface Missile, Surface to Air Missile, Torpedo Launchers and weapon systems for its four-dimensional warfare, capable of engaging air, surface and sub-surface threats.
The event marked a significant milestone in the PN’s acquisition timeline and the country’s defense posture. BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna are both surface combatants that can perform extended blue water missions and enhance the AFP’s capability to protect the vast Philippine maritime territory. DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE