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Philippines welcomes its first South Korean built frigate

BRP Jose Rizal
Photo: Philippine Navy

The Philippine Navy has welcomed the first of two 2,600-ton frigates as the future BRP Jose Rizal arrived in Manila on May 23.

Jose Rizal got underway from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, on May 18.

Delivered by HHI as part of the Philippine Navy’s two-unit Frigate Acquisition Project, the two 107-meter frigates are equipped with anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare capabilities.

They are set to carry surface to surface missiles, surface to air missiles, and torpedoes. The primary gun is the 76mm Super Rapid gun while the secondary is a 30mm gun. They will also have chaffs and decoys as defense against incoming missiles.

The second ship in the class, BRP Antonio Luna, was launched in November last year and is expected to be delivered by October 2020.

BRP Jose Rizal arriving home from South Korea