PHL’s first modern warship launching to sea in May

The Philippine Navy’s future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) will be launched to the sea in May, Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said today over DWDD.

Future BRP Jose Rizal is one of the 2 frigates being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea.

Vice Admiral Empedrad said on May 17 to 19, he and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana are scheduled to be in South Korea to launch BRP Jose Rizal.

“Ibig sabihin ng launching ng first frigate is yung barko ay tapos na yung ginagawa sa kanya sa dry-dock, so ibaba siya, mag-fofloat na siya sa dagat from the dock of the shipyard,” he explained.

“After the launching of BRP Jose Rizal, ito naman ‘yung keel laying ng ating BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), ‘yung second frigate,” he added.

He said the two frigates will be delivered six months apart.

Delivery of first frigate is expected first quarter of 2020.