ROKS Seoul Launched on Navy’s 74th Anniversary

November 11, 2019 – South Korea launched a new frigate on Monday featuring advanced sonar and power systems to boost anti-submarine capabilities in coastal operations, the Navy said. The launch ceremony for the 2,800-ton FGG-II Seoul took place at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.’s shipyard in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, according to the Navy. It is the third frigate to be built under the project to secure a second batch of such vessels to replace the Navy’s aging frigates and patrol combat corvettes. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with…

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New Zealand’s Largest Navy Ship Christened in South Korea

October 26, 2019 – Four of the more important words any Chief of Navy looks forward to hearing during their tenure are “I name this ship …” because it means a new addition to a navy fleet. Yesterday in Ulsan, South Korea, Rear Admiral David Proctor was delighted to hear Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy name the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) newest ship, Aotearoa at a ceremony at the Hyundai Shipyard. Just five months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern named the RNZN’s replacement diving support and hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui,…

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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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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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Final LST-II Class Delivered by Hyundai Ulsan

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Defense Agency of Korea (ROK Wang Jung-hong) announced on Nov. 21 that Ulsan Hyundai Heavy Industries will deliver LST-II ‘Nonggulbong’ to the Navy. This is the fourth and final trap after the Chunghwa-bong and Il-hoon-bong caches, starting with the delivery of Chun-wang-bong, the first landing ship in November 2014. The performance of Nongpongbong improved the maneuver speed, loading capacity and ability to support long distance transportation compared to the conventional salaried land troops possessed by the existing Navy. The 4,900-ton nokibon ship can travel…

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Progress steady in construction of PH Navy’s first missile frigate

October 24, 2018 – The Philippine Navy said the construction of the country’s first missile-armed frigate is steadily progressing. “(The construction of) our (first) frigate is moving forward. It will arrive in February (or) March of 2020. All systems go and we should be happy for our country,” Navy flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said during an interview with reporters late Monday. The keel-laying for the frigate took place in Ulsan, South Korea last October 16. The Philippines and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a PHP16 billion contract for two…

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‘Birth Day’ of New Zealand’s Largest-Ever Navy Ship

August 14, 2018 – The keel-laying ceremony for the future HMNZS Aotearoa has been held at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The keel laying, marking the official “birth day” of the ship, is an important ceremonial occasion, which has traditionally represented the laying of the initial piece of timber that would make up the ship’s backbone. Aotearoa’s keel laying consisted of more than 500 tonnes of carefully constructed keel blocks being positioned together in the dry dock, where she will continue to expand upwards and outwards…

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