The Philippine Navy commissioned its second Jose Rizal-class frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) in a ceremony at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila, on March 19.
Antonio Luna is the second of two frigates built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the Philippines under a contract from 2016.
The frigate was commissioned after it was launched in November 2019. The ship started its journey home from Ulsan, South Korea, in early February this year and arrived in Manila five days later.
The lead ship entered service in July 2020.
Hose Rizal-class frigates displace 2,600 tons and feature multi-purpose ships have 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. The ships also have chaffs and decoys as defense against incoming missiles.
The two frigates are 107 meters long, have a beam of 14 meters and a hull draught of 4 meters.