THE second brand new missile-capable frigate of the Philippine Navy is now in Philippine waters, the Navy announced yesterday.
The warship, which will be known as BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), was given a customary meeting procedure by her sister ship, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), near the Capones Island in Zambales.
Navy public affairs chief Cdr. Benjo Negranza said the BRP Antonio Luna entered Philippine waters on the afternoon of Sunday in Itbayat, Batanes.
It is enroute to Subic, Zambales where it will be welcomed by top defense and military officials later this month after its crewmembers complete quarantine and pass COVID-19 tests.
“This time-honored maritime tradition was conducted to commemorate FF151’s arrival to our territorial waters and to extend and maximize the training and systems familiarization opportunities of every crew aboard ship in preparation for independent ship operation,”
Negranza said of the meeting between the two warships.
The ship left the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries last February 5 after a Department of National Defense-Philippine Navy inspection team approved the acceptance and delivery of the vessel.
BRP Antonio Luna and BRP Jose Rizal were built by Hyundai for P18 billion under the AFP’s modernization program. BRP Jose Rizal arrived in the country in May last year and was officially accepted and commissioned into the service two months later during rites virtually graced by President Duterte