BRP Jose Rizal exceeds design speed for endurance range

  December 18, 2019 – BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country’s first guided-missile frigate, exceeded design speed at endurance range during the ship’s initial sea trial which was held last November 23 to 27 off South Korean waters. “During the first sea trials, BRP Jose Rizal’s speed was higher than her design speed at endurance range,” Philippine Navy (PN) public…

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Spanish Firm to Supply 76mm Ammunition for Jose Rizal Class Frigates

July 9, 2019 – Spanish firm Expal Systems S.A. was named the winning supplier for the ammunition of the Oto Melara 76mm Rapid Gun arming the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates now undergoing construction by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries. “This is to inform you that the proposal of Expal Systems S.A .for the Frigate Acquisition Project Lot 2C…

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Navy’s AW-159 chopper crew to undergo intensive training

June 20, 2019 – Naval Air Group personnel tasked to man the two state-of-the-art AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcat” helicopters, will undergo extensive training on the proper handling of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) first bonafide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms. “The two AW-159s are purposely built for anti-submarine warfare. Being the latest and most advanced ASW capable platform of the PN,…

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Three More MPACs to Arrive in August

June 4, 2019 – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to take possession of three additional multi-purpose attack craft (MPACs) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system by August this year. This was bared by Navy spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata when sought for an update regarding the fast and hard-hitting boats Monday afternoon. “The…

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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…

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Philippine Navy to Receive Three Additional MPACs This Year

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to acquire another three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year. “We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER…

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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…

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Philippines Navy’s First Two ASW Helicopters to Arrive in May

February 1, 2019 – The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland AW-159 “Wildcat”, are set to arrive in May. “Anti-submarine helicopters are in the process of being acquired (and) additional info from the PN (said) they will arrive in May 2019,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought…

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Philippine Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2018 Concludes

November 29, 2018 – The Philippine Navy concluded the Exercise PAGSISIKAP 2018 in a Closing Ceremony held aboard BRP Davao del Sur docked at Legazpi City Port, Thursday, November 29, 2018. The closing ceremony was graced by the Flag Officer in-Command, VICE ADMIRAL ROBERT A EMPEDRAD AFP. In his message, VADM EMPEDRAD AFP underscored the importance of conducting the training…

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Older Vessels Costlier to Operate, Maintain

November 5, 2018 – It actually costs more to operate and maintain older naval vessels, Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said Monday. Zata made this comment when pressed on whether or not the recent decommissioning of some of its senior vessels left the Navy short-handed. “We’re actually optimizing available resources in decommissioning Navy ships. Personnel, equipment and funds needed…

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U.S., Philippines strengthen alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

The U.S. and Philippines navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity. Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS…

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Russian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Philippine Navy After Manila Departure

On April 14th, a Pacific Fleet task force composed of the major ASW ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov and middle sea tanker Pechenga completed its unofficial visit to Manila, which began June 9th. During the visit, the detachment commander Captain 1 Rank Oleg Korolyov met with the Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Coast Guard of the Philippines.…

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US to Export Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar in Foreign Military Sales Deal

Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines. The Sea Giraffe AMB (designated as AN/SPS-77 by the USN) will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), both former US Coast…

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Four More Frigates Needed to Secure PH Seas: Navy Chief

To fully protect the country’s vast maritime domains and resources, the Philippines needs four more modern frigates aside from the two contracted with South Korean shipbuilder, Hyudai Heavy Industries (HHI). This was the remark of Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad when asked how many more modern warships the Navy needs to fully secure the country’s maritime domains.…

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