“We are still far from being the best. But I do believe that we are on track towards a better and more capable Philippine Navy. Arrival of FF151 is a step closer to a modern and multi-capable naval force,” Philippine Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe said in his welcome remarks during the arrival ceremony for Philippine Navy’s second new frigate from South Korea, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151).
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar was the guest of honor for the ceremony held at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila today, February 26.
Also present were Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Offshore Combat Force Commander Commo. Joe Anthony Orbe, Littoral Combat Force Commander Commo. Roy Vincent Trinidad, and other AFP senior officials.
According to Navy, the frigate, sister ship of BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), will be formally handed over to the Philippines, christened, and commissioned into service tentatively on the 4th week of March.