The Philippine Navy officially welcomed its newest and first missile-capable frigate from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at Alava Wharf, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Subic, Zambales on June 15, 2020.
The new ship, which will be christened Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Jose Rizal (FF150), once it is commissioned to the service, was tendered a traditional arrival ceremony led by Rear Adm. Loumer P. Bernabe, Commander of the Philippine Fleet, after her successful two-week quarantine in adherence to the government’s strict health protocols against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commander, Philippine Fleet, Rear Adm. Bernabe expressed his gratitude to all the officers and men of FF150 for their efforts and perseverance in familiarizing the different systems of the ship through constant training and drills. Also, he conveyed his utmost appreciation to the HHI Shipbuilder and the South Korean Government for their support in the country’s endeavour to modernize the Philippine Navy and bringing home the vessel and its crew safe and secured.
The addition of FF150 in the current fleet assets certainly provides a significant boost to the fulfilment of the PN’s thrust of having modern and multi-mission capable platform competent enough to conduct anti-surface, anti-air, anti-submarine and electronic warfare operations that, truly, our maritime nation can depend on.
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