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BRP Jose Rizal welcomes BRP Antonio Luna in the waters of the Northern Frontier

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The arrival of the latest and newest addition to the Philippine Navyís surface asset, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), was warmly welcomed by BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) in the vicinity of Capones Island, Zambales on February 9, 2021.

BRP Antonio Luna left Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on February 5 for her much-awaited maiden voyage to the Philippines. A simple send-off ceremony was conducted on her departure which was graced by the Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attache (DAFA) to Republic of Korea (ROK). After 2 days of voyage, FF151 finally entered in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) after crossing the borders of Philippines and Taiwan, near Mavulis Island, on February 7.

As a time-honored maritime tradition, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), the first missile-guided frigate of the Philippine Navy, and 3 FA50PH fighters of the Philippine Air Force conducted a meeting procedure to BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) in the vicinity of Capones Island, Zambales early morning today, February 9, to formally welcome the newly acquired frigate into our maritime nationís territory. The FF150 and 3 FA50PH fighters rendered passing exercise (PASSEX) or passing honors, a navyís custom and tradition to honor transiting vessels, and fly-by simultaneously to commemorate the FF151ís arrival in the Philippine waters.

After the meeting procedure, the two frigates executed their first maneuvering exercises (MANNEX) together. Likewise, to capture this important milestone in the PN and AFPís history, the Augusta Westland (AW) 159 Wildcat Naval Helicopter conducted a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) while the two missile-guided frigates were conducting various maneuvers at sea.

FF151 is the second Jose Rizal Class missile-guided frigate of the Philippine Navy. The steel cutting ceremony of the BRP Antonio Luna was held on 17 September 2018 in HHI's shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea while the keel laying ceremony was held on 23 May 2019.
The arrival of FF151 is one month ahead of the expected date of delivery on March 6, 2021. The delivery was set earlier after the successful conduct of harbor and sea trial and actual inspection of the joint DND and PN inspection team at HHI shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on January 25 to 29, 2021. On top of that, a series of harbor and sea trials were also conducted by Philippine Navy (PN)'s Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) on September to December last year which all showed satisfactory results.
BRP Antonio Luna is set to be commissioned into service in the Philippine Navy after the mandatory quarantine of all its crew. The first skipper on helm of FF151 is Navy Captain Charles Merric A Villanueva PN(GSC), a seasoned surface warfare officer.









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