Navy sees improvement in securing sovereignty, territorial integrity with new frigate

“As we christen and commission the FF151, we expect to raise our capacity to protect our nation’s vast maritime interests. We also expect to improve our approaches in securing our sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially in the South China Sea,” acting Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado said in his welcome remarks during the Christening and Commissioning Ceremony for Jose Rizal-class frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) on March 19 at Pier 13, South Habor, Manila.

Rear Admiral Bordado noted that the commissioning of BRP Antonio Luna “gives us more motivation and further fuels our commitment to our vision to become a modern and multi-capable naval force that is truly responsive to our maritime interests defense and development.”

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, and other top security and defense officials attended the event.

Also present were South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim In Chul, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) representatives, and descendants of Antonio Luna.

“As we turn to the next page of our modernization program, we bear witness to the governments resolve to build a modernized armed forces – one that is ready to protect the people and the state, secure our sovereignty and the integrity of our national territory,” Secretary Lorenzana said.