The second multi-dimensional frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN) was launched to sea for the first time in a ceremony at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Shipyard, Bangeojinsunhwan-doro, Ulsan, South Korea earlier today.
Named after one of our national Heroes, BRP Antonio Luna, completes the two-unit Frigate Acquisition Project of the PN.
The first ship, BRP Jose Rizal, was launched last May and currently undergoing harbor trials and could be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
The delivery of BRP Jose Rizal is at the earliest of April or May 2020 while BRP Antonio Luna is in September or October 2020.
Philippine delegates witnessing the event was headed by the Secretary of National Defense, Delfin Lorenzana together with Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Noel Clement and Navy Flag Officer In Command (FOIC), Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad.
They were joined by former FOIC, retired Vice Adm. Ferdinand Golez, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, Rear Adm. Rommel Jason Galang. The Naval Inspector General, Commo. Sean Anthony Villa, Philippine Fleet deputy Commander, Commo. Wilfredo Burgonio Jr. and Offshore Combat Force commander, Capt. Karl Decapia. Also in attendance was the representative of Minister of Defense Acquisition of the Republic of Korea, Wang Jung-Hong.
Both ships are capable of engaging in the four dimensions of modern warfare, namely: Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Electronic Warfare (EW), and are fully equipped with Surface to Surface Missiles (SSM), Surface to Air Missile (SAM), and Torpedoes.
The primary gun is 76mm Super Rapid Gun while the secondary gun is a 30mm gun. It also has chaffs and decoys as defense against incoming missile.
The acquisition of these missile frigates will strengthen the Navy’s capability to safeguard our maritime nation and territorial limits.
These two missile capable Frigates are tangible manifestations and benchmarks of the PN’s vision of becoming a strong and credible by 2020. PHILIPPINE NAVY