Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

MANILA – Personnel aboard the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country’s first missile-frigate, are still under quarantine at Subic Bay, Zambales.

“They are still on quarantine (as they were not subjected to a) rapid test but (the more accurate) swab test (on May 28). Their quarantine period started there,” Navy public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Thursday night.

The ship arrived in the country on May 23.

Once the quarantine ends, Roxas said the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) will board the missile frigate to begin their inspection.

Swab test results are usually released at least within a week.

BRP Jose Rizal left the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea last May 18. The ship is carrying 61 organic PN personnel and around 23 from HHI and four owner’s representatives.

A simple arrival and commissioning ceremony is set on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ship’s namesake. BRP Jose Rizal was launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on May 23, 2019. (PNA)

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