The Philippine Navy’s brand new missile-capable frigate, the future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is poised to officially enter Navy service on June 19, Dr. Jose Rizal’s birth anniversary.
Prior to commissioning, the future FF-150 will undergo Technical Inspection and Acceptance which will be conducted in Subic where she arrived today, May 23.
The Technical Inspection and Acceptance will be conducted after completion of 14-day quarantine of the frigate’s sailing crew.
“The Technical Inspection and Acceptance of the frigate shall commence after the quarantine period. A simple arrival and commissioning ceremony is poised to be conducted on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ships namesake,” the Philippine Navy said.
BRP Jose Rizal is the first of two multi-mission frigate ordered from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The Philippine Navy said “the arrival of FF150 in the country is yet another major leap toward the fulfillment of the PNs thrust of having modern platforms and systems which provide opportunities for its personnel to develop modern mindsets and propel the whole organization into becoming a multi-capable naval force responsive to our maritime nation’s defense and development.”
Her sister ship, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) is expected to be delivered by the end of this year.