Hyundai Heavy launches first of two 2,600-ton Philippine Navy frigates

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries launched the Philippine Navy’s future frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) at its shipyard on March 23.

BRP Jose Rizal is the first of two 2,600-ton units built under the Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP) after a contract was signed in 2016.

The 107-meter general-purpose ships will have a complement of 110 and will be capable of performing anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

Jose Rizal is scheduled to be delivered by September 2020. BRP Antonio Luna, the second frigate in the class is set to be delivered a year later.

The launching ceremony for BRP Jose Rizal was also used to mark the keel-laying for BRP Antonio Luna after the first steel for the ship was cut in September 2018.

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