PHL’s second new missile-frigate delivery expected Q1 2021

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has said that the the Philippine Navy announced on October 8 that the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) positively passed its first sea trials conducted in South Korean waters on September 24-29.

“BRP Antonio Luna is Philippine Navy’s second missile-frigate after the BRP Jose Fizal (FF-150),” the AFP said.

It noted that the delivery of the second frigate was originally set this October but was delayed due to the prioritization of COVID-19 response.

“It is now expected to arrive in January or February of 2021 to boost anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and electronic warfare (EW) operations,” the military said.

AFP Chief-of-Staff General Gilbert I. Gapay said “the AFP Modernization program provides us with the necessary tools in defeating internal and external threats. It particularly gives as the leverage in facing terrorist groups.”

“We cannot stress the importance of being well-equipped as we face all these adversaries in our territorial defense, counterinsurgency efforts, including humanitarian response. Enhancing our capabilities in terms of equipment and assets gives us the motivation and preparedness to overcome these challenges,” the AFP chief added.