“BRP Jose Rizal is presently conducting its last and sixth sea trials off South Korean waters which is expected to be concluded sometime this week,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a post in his social networking page February 24.
“Once these tests are concluded, the ship will start preparations to go home,” he added.
The future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is expected to lead the Philippine Navy’s contingent in the upcoming International Fleet Review (IFR) in waters of Manila Bay as part of Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in May this year which coincides with Philippine Navy’s founding anniversary celebrations.
“We are expecting our first frigate, the Jose Rizal class frigate. Initially, we are expecting that ship to be here by about the third or fourth [week] of April. So if the IFR is May 21, we expect the Jose Rizal-class frigate to lead the convoy and the reviewing ships will be our Tarlac-class landing-dock,” Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency last week.