By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine Navy’s Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) approved its second frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), after personally witnessing it in action during sea acceptance trials (SAT), which included a series of warfare capability demonstrations, from December 14 to 18, 2020 off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea.
“FF151 is 95 percent complete at this time. All machineries and combat systems were subjected to test procedures as stipulated in the contract and were observed to be working properly. More importantly, I’m happy to announce that FF151 passed the prescribed standards and procedures,” said Rear Admiral Alberto B Carlos, head of the Navy’s TIAC.
“Upon completion of this week’s SAT, the completion rating is almost 100 percent, which will pave the way for FF151’s re-docking and final outfitting prior delivery early next year,” he added.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea, FF151 is a modern naval warship capable of surface, sub-surface, air, and electronic warfare using state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter.
She is expected to be delivered and turned over to the PN in February next year. The first frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), was delivered and subsequently commissioned into the PN last July 10 this year.
“Hyundai is very thankful to the Navy TIAC for agreeing to travel to Korea to do the required pre-delivery tests, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in order for HHI to meet the contractual delivery deadline of not later than March 2021,” HHI project manager BK Kang said. (AI/FC/MTVN)