The Philippine Navy’s second frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), has passed the sea acceptance trials, which culminated in a series of warfare capability demonstrations on December 14 to 18, 2020 off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.
Rear Admiral Alberto B Carlos, the head of the Navy’s Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC), declared that FF151 is compliant with the agreed technical specifications after personally witnessing the warships performance during the said sea trials. “FF151 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. More impotantly, Im happy to announce that FF151 passed the prescribed standards and procedures,” Rear Admiral Carlos reported.
In addition, Rear Admiral Carlos said that “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.”
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea, FF151 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. She is expected to be delivered and turned over to the PN in February next year. The first frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), was delivered and subsequently commissioned into the PN last July 10 this year.
The HHI project manager, Mr BK Kang, said that “Hyundai is very thankful to the Navy TIAC for agreeing to travel to Korea to do the required predelivery tests, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in order for HHI to meet the contractual delivery deadline of not later than March 2021.” Rear Admiral Carlos and the rest of the PN TIAC members followed the strict ROK COVID-19 protocol with Three(3) RT-PCR tests in Seven(7) days and an “in-your-room only” quarantine for five(5) days.
Other members of the PN TIAC are Captain Raul Regis, Commander Hazel Sastrillo, Commander Roderick Gemino, Lieutenant Commander Rommel Guillermo, and Lieutenant Commander Eric Aquino, and Lieutenant Commander Eric Iglesia. NAVY.MIL.PH