The Philippine Navy’s (PN) second missile frigate, the soon-to-be christened BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), has concluded its sea acceptance trials in waters off South Korea.
“All machineries and combat systems were subjected to test procedures as stipulated in the contract,” and were “observed to be working properly,” said Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, head of the Philippine Navy’s technical inspection and acceptance committee (TIAC).
He added the 2,600-ton Antonio Luna was already 95-percent complete.
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