Commissioning of BRP Jose Rizal moved to unspecified later date

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The Philippine Navy has moved the supposed commissioning of future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) on June 19 to a later date which was not specified.

“A separate handover christening and commissioning ceremony originally scheduled on June 19 consistent to the birth anniversary of its namesake Dr. Jose Rizal, will be postponed to a later date due to unavoidable circumstances,” the Philippine Navy said after it officially welcomed the frigate on June 15.

The future BRP Jose Rizal arrived in Subic on May 23. An official welcome ceremony for the officers and crew was not held until completion of mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Navy said President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend the commissioning ceremony as the guest of honor and speaker.

“The addition of FF150 in the current fleet assets certainly provides a significant boost to the fulfilment 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,” the Navy said.