The Philippine Navy has set the commissioning of future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) on July 10.
“The Philippine Navy has set a new date for the commissioning of its first-ever missile-capable frigate: July 10, 2020,” CNN Philippines said in a report.
This is after the initial scheduled commissioning ceremony on June 19 was rescheduled after one of the crew members initially tested positive for COVID-19, but later confirmed negative.
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend the commissioning ceremony. He has expressed that he wants to board future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) to see the capabilities of the Philippine Navy’s newest and most modern warship.
“I want to board that new — new frigate that you… Is it — is it the biggest among the…I read it one week ago na nandito na. I want to board just to see how good it is. Kindly arrange the time,” President Duterte said during his talk to the nation on June 22.
The Philippine Navy has said that “the addition of FF150 in the current fleet assets certainly provides a significant boost to the fulfillment of the PNs thrust of having modern and multi-mission capable platform competent enough to conduct anti-surface anti-air anti-submarine and electronic warfare operations that truly our maritime nation can depend on.”