The Daily Manila Shimbun


PN’s second frigate, BRP Antonio Luna, launched

November 8, 2019

The second missile-firing frigate of the Philippine Navy was launched for the first time in a ceremony in South Korea on Friday.

Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, acting public affairs director of the Philippine Navy, said the ceremony was held at Hyundai Heavy Industries  Shipyard in Bangeojinsunhwan-doro, Ulsan.

Roxas said the second missile capable frigate was named BRP General Antonio Luna. This completes the two-unit frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy, added Roxas.

Roxas said the Philippine delegates who witnessed the event was headed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana with  Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Noel Clement and Navy Flag Officer In Command (FOIC), Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad.

"They were joined by former FOIC, retired Vice Adm. Ferdinand Golez, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, Rear Adm. Rommel Jason Galang, Naval Inspector General, Commodore Sean Anthony Villa, Philippine Fleet deputy Commander Commodore Wilfredo Burgonio Jr. and Offshore Combat Force commander, Capt. Karl Decapia," she said.

Also attending were the Korean representative from Minister of Defense Acquisition, Wang Jung-Hong from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, ROK (Republic of Korea), Roxas said.

The first ship, (BRP) Jose Rizal, was launched last May and currently undergoing harbor trials and could be completed by the first quarter of 2020, added Roxas.

Roxas said BRP Jose Rizal will be delivered by April or May 2020 while BRP Antonio Luna on September or October 2020.

Both ships are capable of engaging in the four dimensions of modern warfare. These are Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Electronic Warfare (EW), and are fully equipped with Surface to Surface Missiles (SSM), Surface to Air Missile (SAM), and Torpedoes," said Roxas.

The primary gun is 76mm Super Rapid Gun while the secondary gun is a 30mm gun. It also has chaffs and decoys as defense against incoming missile, she added.

Roxas stressed the importance of getting the two frigates.

"The acquisition of these missile frigates will strengthen the Navy’s capability to safeguard our maritime nation and territorial limits," she said. Robina Asido/DMS