The Philippine Fleet (PF) on Friday announced that its missile frigates, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), along with a multi-purpose attack craft armed with a Spike-ER (extended range surface-to-surface) missile successfully fired their weapons during a gunnery exercise on Thursday.

In a statement, PF spokesperson Lt. Giovanni Badidles said these live-fire drills took place near Capones Island, San Antonio, Zambales as part of the “Exercise Pagbubuklod” being held from Oct. 23 to 27.

He added that live-fire exercises are essential for the sailors to build confidence, improve understanding, and fine-tune the proper execution of these lethal capabilities.

“The successful conduct of these major training activities significantly fulfills the overall objectives of ‘Exercise Pagbubuklod’ to optimize the utilization of assets and equipment, train personnel, and develop tactics and procedures ensuring success in operations,” Badidles said.

The training, he said, also aims to validate the organizational structure, concepts of operations, and published doctrines in addressing the current and future scenarios in the operational areas.