The Philippine Navy’s (PN) second Jose Rizal-class missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) has received delivery and acceptance approval.

The approval was given by a joint Department of National Defense (DND) and Philippine Navy (PN) inspection team.

According to the agreed timeline, BRP Antonio Luna is scheduled to sail out of Ulsan on 5 February and expected to arrive in Subic, Philippines on 10 February.

The delivery of BRP Antonio Luna comes more than one month ahead of the contractual delivery date of 6 March.

BRP Antonio Luna missile frigate was launched at the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Ulsan shipyard in November 2019.

The country’s first frigate BRP Jose Rizal was delivered in May 2020 and commissioned in July 2020.

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In December 2019, HHI completed the first sea trials of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150).

The two frigates were procured under a contract at a cost of PHP16bn ($314.6m). The procurement of weapon systems and ammunition costed a further PHP2bn ($39.32m).

The ships were fitted with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, launchers and torpedoes.

The Philippine Navy will use the ships in support of anti-surface, anti-submarine, and anti-air warfare, as well as electronic warfare.

Frigate Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee chairman rear admiral Alberto Carlos said: “The 2nd frigate has satisfactorily passed all vessel performance test protocols.

“Moreover, we are happy to report that the HHI has provided additional equipment and sustainment items, more training activities, and ship design improvements, which are over and above its contractual obligations. HHI’s goodwill gesture has an estimated value of $7.4m.”