BRP BRP (FF-150) Jose Rizal to lead PH contingent in Int'l Fleet Review

BRP BRP (FF-150) Jose Rizal to lead PH contingent in Int'l Fleet Review

The Philippines first missile armed frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will lead the Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to the International Fleet Review (IFR) off the waters of Manila Bay this coming May.

"We are expecting our first frigate, the Jose Rizal class frigate. Initially, we are expecting that ship to be here by about the third or fourth (week) of April. So if the IFR is May 21, we expect the Jose Rizal-class frigate to lead the convoy and the reviewing ships will be our Tarlac-class landing-dock," PN flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said.

Bacordo said the International Fleet Review will be held off Manila Bay near Corregidor and Bataan. Since the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) will coincide with the PN founding anniversary on May 20.

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150)
(photo credit to owner)

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is presently conducting its last and sixth sea trials off South Korean waters which is expected to be concluded sometime this week. Once these tests are concluded, the ship will start preparations to to sail home in the Philippines.

As per the PN, the IFR is one of the highlights of the WPNS which the Philippines is hosting for the first time from May 19 to 21.
The WPNS aims to increase cooperation and the ability to operate together, as well as to build trust and confidence between navies by providing a framework to enable the discussion of maritime issues of mutual interest, the exchange of information, the practice and demonstration of capabilities, and the exchange of personnel.

Other participating countries in the IFR aside from the Philippines, are member nations like Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

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