PH missile capable warship BRP Jose Rizal finally launched

PH missile capable warship BRP Jose Rizal finally launched

About time Philippines!!!
At long last the Philippine Navy’s new missile frigate was formally launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipbuilding facility in Ulsan, South Korea Thursday.

The modern missile-armed frigate which will be known as BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is the first combat vessel designed and purposely acquired for the Philippine Navy. 

BRP Jose Rizal which was launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea 
 (photo credit to owner)

Capt. Jonathan Zata, Navy spokesperson, said the entire Philippine Navy (PN) personnel are happy with this new development after decades of aspirations of having a brand new, modern, and missile capable warship.

"All of us are equally thrilled that we will soon be deploying a brand-new frigate, with anti-submarine, anti-surface, anti-air, and electronic warfare capability to patrol and protect our vast territorial waters," Zata said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
This will be the Philippine Navy’s most modern and powerful ship in service.
The PN spokesperson said the BRP Jose Rizal will play a critical role in beefing up the country's anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-air, and electronic warfare capabilities aside from providing training to new seagoing officers.
These brand new frigates are also expected to escort the two Tarlac-class landing dock platforms, the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), while on missions.
"These frigates are built based on the Incheon/FFX-I/HDF-3000-type multi-purpose frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), which offers increased operational performance and enhanced survivability," Zata said.
BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and its sister ship BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) will be fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers and weapon systems for four-dimensional warfare.
Each ship will be armed with an Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid cannon and Aselsan SMASH 3Omm remote-controlled established naval gun.
The ship measures 351 feet long and 46 feet wide and has a maximum speed of 25 knots and can travel up to 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots and can sustain operational presence for 30 days.
These frigates for the Philippine Navy are capable of withstanding rough sea conditions up to Sea State 7, which means waves of up to six to nine meters high.
"Each frigate has a complement of more than a 100 officers and crew. It has a flight deck towards the stern with the ability to handle one maritime helicopter weighing up to 12 tons. Two rigid-hulled inflatable boats will be carried to conduct military and emergency operations at sea," Zata added.

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