PH Navy’s first missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal docks in Subic

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy has formally welcomed its first missile-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), which docked at Alava Wharf in Subic, Zambales on Monday.

Commander of Philippine Fleet Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe led a traditional arrival ceremony for the Philippine Navy’s newest vessel which arrived from South Korea.

It carried a shipment of personal protective equipment donated by the South Korean government and the frigate manufacturer, Hyundai Heavy Industries for frontline workers amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The BRP Jose Rizal has a maiden crew of 65 sailors headed by its first commanding officer, Captain Jerry Garrido. The ship’s crew had to complete the mandatory two-week quarantine due to the pandemic.

The Philippine Navy said a handover christening and commissioning ceremony was originally scheduled for June 19 for the frigate. The ceremony is postponed to a later date due to “unavoidable circumstances.”

“President (Rodrigo) Duterte is expected to attend the momentous event as the guest of honor and speaker,” the navy said.

The Philippine Navy said the BRP Jose Rizal is capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare operations.

“Together let us bring our Navy to the next level not only because of more modern ships weapons and sensors but because of more competent and confident personnel equipped with modern and disciplined mindsets,” Bernabe said.

The BRP Jose Rizal was launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on May 23.

Philippine Navy’s BRP Antonio Luna was also launched in the same facility in November last year.

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