“FF151 (the future BRP Antonio Luna) is 95% complete at this time. All machineries and combat systems were subjected to test procedures as stipulated in the contract and were observed to be working properly,” Philippine Navy’s Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) head Rear Admiral Alberto B. Carlos said on December 18.
This is after the successful sea acceptance trials for said frigate, the second Jose Rizal-class frigate, conducted December 14 to 18 off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.
“More importantly, I’m happy to announce that FF151 passed the prescribed standards and procedures,” Rear Admiral Carlos noted. “Upon completion of this weeks SAT, the completion rating is almost 100%, which will pave the way for FF151s re-docking and final outfitting prior delivery early next year.”
According to Philippine Navy, FF151 – built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea – is a modern naval warship capable of surface, sub-surface, air, and electronic warfare using state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter.
The Navy noted she is expected to be delivered and turned over in February next year.
The first Jose Rizal-class frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), was delivered and subsequently commissioned to Navy service last July 10.