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Launching of PHL’s 2nd new missile frigate set

The launching ceremony for the country’s second missile-frigate, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), will take place at the shipyard of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan on November 8.

This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, when sought for updates on the vessel, the sister ship of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) launched last May 23 in the same facility.

“As per schedule, November 8 is lauching of (BRP Antonio Luna) in Ulsan,” she said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Monday.

Expected in the event are PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, and other ranking naval officers.

BRP Antonio Luna is named after the Filipino revolutionary general known for his stiff resistance to the then invading American forces.

The Philippines and HHI signed a PHP16- billion contract for two missile-armed frigates with another PHP2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munition in October 2016.

BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered to the PN by April 2020 while the BRP Antonio Luna is scheduled for September of the same year.