PH Navy’s upcoming frigate begins sea trials in South Korea

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The first multi-mission capable frigate of the Philippines, the BRP Jose Rizal, will be subjected to sea trials in South Korea beginning Saturday, November 23 – as it approaches its scheduled delivery in April or May 2020.

The Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) builders ‘ technical crew will take out the brand new warship for a 5-day spin in the open waters off Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo in South Korea to test its quality and overall navigability, the Philippine Navy said in a statement. Representatives from the UK-based Lloyd’s Shipping Register will monitor the sea tests to see if the construction of the vessel has met global standards.

The crew members and maintenance staff of the BRP Jose Rizal are for training in South Korea. The P8 billion 351-by-46-foot frigate will be capable of carrying out operations of anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and electronic warfare.

“The ship leverages the Navy’s bid to become a stronger and more credible force to be proud of by the Philippines as a maritime nation,” the Navy said.

When it arrives in April or May 2020, the’ multi-mission capable’ BRP Jose Rizal will be the most powerful warship of the Philippine Navy. Photo of the Philippine Navy MODERN FRIGATE. When it arrives in April or May 2020, the’ multi-mission capable’ BRP Jose Rizal will be the most powerful warship of the Philippine Navy.

When commissioned, the BRP Jose Rizal will be the Philippine Fleet’s most powerful warship, a distinction currently held by the BRP Conrado Yap, the corvette of the second-hand Pohang Class.

A second Jose Rizal class frigate, the BRP Antonio Luna, was launched at sea earlier this month and is expected to be delivered in September or October 2020 to the Philippines

The Navy is preparing to strike another deal with HHI for two brand new corvettes, which would be even better than the frigates of the Jose Rizal Class–if the project were to go through.

On November 8, on the sidelines of the BRP Antonio Luna’s sea launch, a preliminary “Memorandum of Understanding” on the corvettes was signed between the Department of National Defense and HHI.

Beefing up the Philippine Navy is currently the focus of the Philippine Modernization Program’s Armed Forces, as the country faces expansive China’s maritime security threats, and terrorists sneak in through the loosely guarded waters of Mindanao around Sulu.

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