New missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal FF150 arrives in Philippines


The new missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal FF150 of the Philippines navy arrived in Subic Bay on Saturday May 23, 2020, after a five-day trip from Ulsan, South Korea. The new frigate left South Korea for its delivery to the Philippines on 18 May 2020.
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New missile capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal FF150 arrives in Phlilipines 925 001 New guide missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal FF150 of the Philippines navy arrived in Subic Bay on Saturday May 23, 2020 (Picture source facebook Philippines Navy)


In 2016, the Philippines has signed a contract with the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries for the purchase of two missile frigates. The two ships of the Jose Rizal-class frigate will become the most modern surface combatants of the Philippine Navy

The first frigate, temporarily identified as Hull P159, had its First Steel Cutting Ceremony on 1 May 2018, marking the start of construction work. The keel was laid down on 16 October 2018 at HHI's Ulsan shipyard. The new frigate, named after national hero Jose Rizal, was commissioned into service on June 19, 2019, the hero’s birthday.

The lead ship, temporarily identified as Hull P159, had its First Steel Cutting Ceremony on 1 May 2018, marking the start of construction work. The keel was laid down on 16 October 2018 at HHI's Ulsan shipyard.

The Jose Rizal-class frigate is a class of two guided missile frigates, designed as multi-role semi-stealth ships for the Philippine Navy. The ships are heavily modified derivative of HDF-3000 frigate design (officially known as HDF-2600 Frigate Design) from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with design specifically accommodated to fit the requirements of the Philippine Navy.

The armament of the BRP Jose Rizal includes one Oto Melara 76 mm Super Rapid Gun, one ASELSAN SMASH 30mm Secondary Gun, 4 S&T Motiv 12.7mm K6 Heavy Machine Guns and 1 Close-in weapon system (FFBNW). The frigate is also armed with two Twin MBDA Simbad RC with Mistral missiles, one single 8-cell Vertical Launching System (FFBNW) and two Twin LIGNex1 SSM-700K C-Star Anti Ship Missile. It also has two SEA Triple Trainable Torpedo Launchers.

The Philippine frigates have a standard displacement of about 2,600 tons and a length of 107 meters. The diesel main power plant under the CODAD scheme should provide full speed of 25 knots, a cruising range of 4500 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.


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