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Philippines' first multi-mission frigate to arrive on May 23 –Navy


The Philippines’ first multi-mission frigate was expected to arrive in Zambales this week, having sailed from South Korea on Monday, the Philippine Navy announced.

The missile-capable warship BRP Jose Rizal set sail from the shipyard of the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan heading for the Subic Anchorage Area.

Upon its arrival on May 23, the vessel's crew would undergo a 14-day quarantine before the technical inspection and acceptance ceremony.

The Navy said BRP Jose Rizal is the country’s first multi-mission frigate capable of anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare operations.

The vessel has a maximum designed speed of 25 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots, and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

The HHI and Hanwha Systems also donated COVID-19 relief supplies for the Navy during the sail-off ceremony.

Meanwhile, the second frigate procured from HHI, BRP Antonio Luna, was expected to be delivered by the end of the year. — DVM, GMA News

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