PH’s 2nd missile-capable frigate now under final inspection

National, News

The second missile-capable frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN) currently being built Ulsan, South Korea, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), is now under final inspection “for verification/validation of the contractor’s strict compliance to the agreed Technical Specifications and Build Specifications (TS&BS) in building and equipping” it.

PN public affairs chief Commander Benjo Negranza said the final inspection started Monday will end January 30. If found compliant, the Navy will issue a certificate of final acceptance to South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Initial reports from Navy representatives, headed by Capt. Sergio Bartolome said the frigate is almost 100% finished and has satisfactorily passed harbor and sea trials.

Negranza said some training activities and ILS (integrated logistics support) deliveries have been delayed due to travel restriction and production disruption caused by the  Covid-19 pandemic.

The BRP Antonio Luna is a modern naval warship capable of surface, sub-surface, air, and electronic warfare using state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter. It will be delivered shortly.

The first frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), was officially commissioned last July 10. The contract for it and the BRP Antonio Luna was placed at PHP16 billion, with another PHP2 billion for weapon systems and munitions. 

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