PH Navy's BRP Jose Rizal exceeds design speed for endurance range

PH Navy's BRP Jose Rizal exceeds design speed for endurance range

A good news is most welcome in this time of the year.

Straight from South Korea, the Philippines’ first ever guided-missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) brings the good news that as per its initial sea trials, it has exceeded design speed at endurance range. The sea trials were conducted last November 23 to 27 off South Korean waters.

"During the first sea trials, BRP Jose Rizal's speed was higher than her design speed at endurance range," Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said.

The future PH Navy's BRP Jose Rizal in South Korea
(photo credit to owner)

As per design the BRP Jose Rizal has a maximum designed speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

The very first sea trials for the BRP Jose Rizal was done in the waters of  Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo, had the frigate performing well even at Sea State Condition 4 where waves are known to reach between four to eight feet.

Roxas said the sea trials was conducted to check the ship's performance and general seaworthiness. Also, she added that the second sea trials, which is focused on checking the ship's performance, noise, vibration measurement, and navigation equipment test is still ongoing having started on December 16 and will end on the 19th.

"(Present during the 2nd sea trials) are PN representatives, (ship-builder) Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) QM (quality management) technicians, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) engineers and Lloyd's Register of Shipping inspector," she added.

For the third and fourth sea trials,are yet to be scheduled.Included in this trial is the test of its various weapon systems.

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Report from PNA

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