FA-50 jets, BRP Jose Rizal welcome new frigate from South Korea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) FA-50PH jets and Philippine Navy’s frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) welcomed the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) during an engagement in vicinity waters of Capones Island, Zambales today, February 9.

Philippine Navy photo

Both BRP Jose Rizal and future BRP Antonio Luna were constructed by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) under the Frigate Acquisition Project for Philippine Navy. PAF’s FA-50PH jets were also built in South Korea by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

“FF151’s sister ship, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) rendered the customary meeting procedure and passing exercise (PASSEX) followed by both ships first maneuvering exercises (MANNEX), a momentous feat in the PN and AFPs history captured by an AW109 naval helicopter in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX). This procedure was complemented by a fly-by of three FA-50 jets from the Philippine Air Force,” the Philippine Navy said.

“Frigate Antonio Luna will sail in formation with frigate Jose Rizal through Manila Bay before proceeding to its anchorage area in Subic, Zambales where the crew and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) personnel will observe mandatory quarantine period. A simple arrival ceremony will be conducted later this month upon completion of the quarantine period and satisfactory result of their COVID-19 swab test,” it added.