Frigates for PHL arriving next year: AFP chief

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Benjamin Madrigal announced during the 13th founding anniversary celebration of the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) that frigates will be arriving next year 2020.

“The improvement of the AFP capabilities is fast. We have delivery of naval ships,” General Madrigal said as quoted in report by The Philippine Star.

The first to arrive next year is frigate BRP Jose Rizal, the lead ship in her class being built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). She is expected to arrive first half of 2020.

The future BRP Jose Rizal was launch in May this year. Her sister ship, future BRP Antonio Luna, is expected to be launched in November and scheduled for delivery second half of 2020.

General Madrigal also explained that the armed forces’ “posture is not only to attain security but on our capability to respond to contingencies like calamities, capability to work together in interoperability with our allies.”