BRP Antonio Luna Launching Set for September

August 29, 2019 – The Philippine Navy’s (PN) second missile frigate, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), will be formally launched in September. “Our second frigate will be launched in September. By that time, the first frigate (BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) will be finished (fitting its equipment),” said Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad during an interview with reporters at the PN headquarters at Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Boulevard, Manila Wednesday. The launching ceremonies will take place at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The BRP…

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Navy gets early Christmas gift with launch of BRP Jose Rizal

May 23, 2019 (PNA) – Christmas Day came seven months early for the Philippine Navy as its latest ship, the missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will be formally launched in this city on Thursday morning, marking the fulfillment of the dream of generations of seagoing officers – who have pushed and fought for the acquisition of modern combat units for the naval service. Capt. Jonathan Zata, Navy spokesperson, said the entire Philippine Navy (PN) from ranking and senior officers to the most junior enlisted personnel, is happy with this milestone.…

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Rizal-class frigates acquisition a ‘strategic move’: Navy chief

May 23, 2019 (PNA) – The top official of the Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday described as a strategic move the commissioning of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which was formally launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in this city on Thursday. PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said the ship will be the most powerful unit in the PN inventory as it is armed with sensors and weapons capable of detecting and neutralizing any incoming surface, sub-surface and air threats aside from having the capability…

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Philippine Navy to get 25-30 More Warships: Empedrad

May 25, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is planning to acquire 25 to 30 warships of various types within the next five to 10 years as part of its efforts to augment its fleet. “We have plans to acquire 25 to 30 in the next five to 10 years. (This) includes corvettes, OPVs (offshore patrol vessels), and even submarines,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters shortly after the keel-laying ceremony for the second missile frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), at Dock 4 of Hyundai Heavy…

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HHI Warships on Part With International Counterparts

May 22, 2019 – The warships designed and constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are in no way inferior to their other naval counterparts. This was emphasized by HHI president and chief executive officer Sam H. Ka when asked by reporters on how the frigates, designed and constructed by the company for the Philippine Navy, can compare to similar ships being operated by more modern navies. HHI is the South Korean shipbuilder contracted to build the Philippines’ first two missile-armed frigates, one of which is the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150)…

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BRP Jose Rizal & BRP Antonio Luna First Real Philippine Combat Ships

May 21, 2019 – The missile-armed frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which is scheduled to be launched at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea’s southeastern city of Ulsan on Thursday, is the first combat vessel to be designed and purposely acquired for the Philippine Navy (PN), whose fleet is mostly composed of second-hand ships acquired from allies. “She (BRP Jose Rizal) is the first combat ship to be designed and acquired for the PN along with her sister-ship, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) whose steel-cutting is…

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