PH Navy's BRP Jose Rizal achieves milestone as RIMPAC 2020 wraps up

PH Navy's BRP Jose Rizal achieves milestone as RIMPAC 2020 wraps up

The country’s first ever brand new frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) having participated in the world’s largest joint and combined naval exercise, Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2020 (RIMPAC20), which ended last August 31, has met all the expectations and has proven its sea worthiness.

U.S. 3rd Fleet and RIMPAC20 commander, Vice Adm. Scott Conn, in its concluding ceremony visited the are where the ships of the 10 participating nations including the Philippines’ and congratulated them for taking part in the maritime exercise.

“We strengthened relationships and deepened our sense of trust in one another. Each one of our navies has something to offer and that diverse range of knowledge and professionalism is what makes us stronger, and allows us to work together to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific and ultimately, our collective prosperity” said Vice Adm. Conn.

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

He also congratulated the commanding officer of FF150 and concurrent contingent commander, Capt. Jerry Garrido Jr., for the fruitful participation of the PN in this U.S. led naval exercise.

In a prepared statement Capt. Jerry Garrido Jr. congratulated the NTG 80.5 for “completing all given serials of the exercise which demonstrates her (FF150s) capability to handle various operational requirements” without any derangements on the frigate’s weapons, communications, electronics and information system hull, machinery, and electrical systems.

“The Navy contingent took advantage of RIMPAC 2020 to train as a team, put the ship at pace with possible real-world scenarios, and the crew to gel during this time” Bacordo added.

This years maritime exercise included 53 replenishment-at-sea events, 101 pallets of cargo distributed, over 16,000 rounds of small arms munitions shot, over 1,000 large caliber weapons fired, 13 missiles expended, and 1,100 pounds of mail delivered.

These multi-dimensional training exercises allowed the members of NTG 80.5 to work in conjunction as they put into test the PNs first four-dimensional warfare capable frigate that is at par with those of other participating navies.

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