The Philippine Navy will be sending the crew, expected to man the upcoming Jose Rizal-class frigates being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), to South Korea to train on one of Republic of Korea Navy warships.
“Actually tapos na ‘yung sea trial ng ship at sea. Na-test na nila lahat and then okay na. There is some fine-tuning in the systems, ‘yung weapon systems,” Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said as quoted by GMA News Online.
“Ang next na gagawin ng Navy is ipadala ‘yung crew to Korea this first quarter because based on our agreement with the chief of the Navy of the Republic of Korea, iti-train ‘yung crew natin, the whole crew to one of their class frigates,” he added.
The first of two frigates, the future BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered in second quarter of this year.
“Pagpunta ng frigate to Subic from Korea, hindi pa tayo ang magma-man niyan. It will be manned by selected crew of the Hyundai Heavy Industries… Pagdating sa Subic, saka lang puwedeng i-man ng ating Navy personnel,” he said.