PH Navy levels up defense upon arrival of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-50)

PH Navy levels up defense upon arrival of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-50)

The Philippine Navy (PN) as a service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) just had a big boost after the arrival of the country’s first missile guided frigate.

It has definitely boosted its capability in fulfilling its mandate of defending the country’s vast maritime territory.

According to Offshore Combat Force head, Commodore Karl Decapia, the brand new ship is safely anchored off Subic Bay on May 23 five days after it left Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on May 18.
BRP Jose Rizal during its arrival in Subic Bay, Zambales
(photo credit to PH Navy)

"(Arrival of the BRP Jose Rizal) signals the realization of a modern Navy that is capable of imposing the Navy's territorial defense mandate," he said in a statement.
Decapia said when the frigate has been commissioned to military service along with its sister ship which is said to be arriving late this year, the PN will now be capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare operations.
The crew of the future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) will undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine in compliance with the national government guidelines.

Technical inspection and acceptance of the frigate shall proceed after the quarantine period.

After which a simple arrival and commissioning ceremony will be conducted on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ship’s namesake.

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Report from PNA

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