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July 20, 2022

Philippine and Malaysian navies conduct live-fire tests during RIMPAC 2022

RIMPAC 2022 is being conducted in Hawaii and Southern California and will conclude on 4 August.

The Philippine Navy ’s Jose Rizal-class guided-missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF 151) has conducted live-firing trials to test its main guns and other batteries.

The test was carried out during the at-sea phase of the US-led multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.

As part of the gunnery exercise (GUNNEX), BRP Antonio Luna evaluated the preciseness of its main battery OTO Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun, 0.50-caliber machine gun, and 30mm Aselsan SMASH.

During the Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) Rodeo exercise, the Jose Rizal-class frigate tested its Super Rapid gun again by targeting 2D virtual land information.

The RIMPAC exercise helped to assess the capacity of Philippine Navy ‘s vessel to sustain operations overseas.

The exercise provided resources and environment to FF 151 to attain individual and collective training objectives.

Furthermore, the at-sea phase of the RIMPAC 2022 also allowed the Royal Malaysian Navy ’s (RMN) Kasturi-class corvette KD Lekir (F-26) to demonstrate its maritime capabilities.

The vessel conducted its first missile firing test outside the territorial waters in the sinking exercise (SINKEX) of RIMPAC.

KD Lekir commanding officer commander Mohd Asri bin Dasman said: “The crew had prepared extensively and was confident they would be successful in hitting their intended target.

“It is my first time commanding a ship and I feel the obligation to meet the requirement.”

During the SINKEX exercise, forces from Malaysia, Canada, Australia and the US test fired and sunk the US Navy’s decommissioned vessel USS Rodney M Davis (FFG 60).

This allowed the military forces to gain proficiency in targeting, tactics and live firing against a surface target at sea.

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