Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

The Philippine Navy’s (PN) second multi-role warship, the soon-to-be christened BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), is undergoing its second series of sea trials in South Korea.

Through its official Facebook page, the PN on Thursday released photos of the Rizal-class frigate in its second week of sea trials in waters off Ulsan, South Korea.

The PN’s second missile-equipped frigate underwent its first round of sea trials in August this year, and is expected to be delivered to the Philippine by February next year.

Like its sister ship BRP Jose Rizal, the Antonio Luna will be equipped with the latest in radar, naval guns and missiles. Both ships were built by South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for P16 billion.

The Antonio Luna will also be equipped with an OTO Melara 7mm Super Rapid gun, one 30 mm gun, four 50 caliber machine guns, 1 close-in weapon system, 4 canisters for anti-ship missiles, six torpedo tubes, and eight vertical silos for missiles.

The Jose Rizal and Antonio Luna are the first large warships of the Philippine Navy to be equipped with missiles. SOVEREIGNPH

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