National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad together with other defense officials will be flying to South Korea, MaxDefense Philippines said today quoting sources from the Department of National Defense (DND).
MaxDefense added that this may mean the ceremonial steel cutting for the first of two frigates ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries will be pushing through on April 30 at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.
The ceremonial steel cutting marks the beginning of a ship’s construction.
It was reported earlier this month that a committee under the DND approved the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the PHP18-billion Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP)
The CDR will serve as the “bible” of the shipbuilder while constructing the frigates.
“The next significant milestone will now be the ceremonial steel cutting, which will likely be held on April 30 at the HHI Complex in Ulsan, South Korea, to be attended by a delegation from DND/PN to mark this important milestone,” Navy spokesperson Captain Lued Lincuna said.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/702566869913973; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1031203