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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BRP Conrado Yap to Arrive in July

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), formerly the South Korean “Pohang” class corvette Chungju, will sail home to the Philippines in July and is set to boost the Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview shortly after the launch of the country’s first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) at the Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea’s southeastern city of Ulsan Thursday. “The ship will be delivered to the Philippines by July…

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Philippines to Receive First Ever ASW Helicopters Early 2019

November 27, 2018 – The Philippine Navy (PN) announced the arrival in the first quarter of 2019 of its first-ever anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In an interview, Navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata said with the arrival of two Agusta Westland AW159 Wildcat helicopters, the PN will now have the capability of securing not only the country’s surface waters but also underwater. He said the helicopters which are equipped with sensors and weapon systems, can track/detect and counter submarines. “It’s a big leap essentially dahil (because) with this capability we now have…

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