The Philippine Navy’s second new-built missile frigate, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) is expected to depart Ulsan, Korea on February 5 and is expected to arrive in Subic, Philippines on February 10, the Philippine Navy said January 29.
The first frigate from South Korea is BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) which was delivered and commissioned in July 2020.
“After the conduct of harbor/sea trials and actual ship (FF151) inspection at the contractors facility in Ulsan, South Korea on January 25 to 29, 2021, the head of the joint DND-PN inspection team and Chief, DND Defense Procurement Service, Director Leodegario Dela Paz, has found the contractor, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), compliant with all its contractual deliverables and obligations,” the Philippine Navy said.
The Navy noted that for technical matters and ship performance, Navy inspectors led by Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, the Chairman of the Frigate Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee, has declared FF151 built according to agreed technical specifications.
Moreover, Rear Admiral Carlos announced that FF151 has performed remarkedly well in the series of harbor and sea trials conducted from September 25, 2020 to December 18, 2020.
“The 2nd frigate has satisfactorily passed all vessel performance test protocols,” said Rear Admiral Carlos. “Moreover, we are happy to report that the HHI has provided additional equipment and sustainment items, more training activities, and ship design improvements, which are over and above its contractual obligations. HHIs goodwill gesture has an estimated value of USD 7.4 Million.”