Malacañang confirms arrival of latest ship for the AFP’s fleet
MANILA – The Office of the President, through its Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, today confirmed the arrival of the BRP Jose Rizal, the country’s first-ever guided-missile frigate.
Secretary Roque said it is the country’s most advanced warship which he went on to describe as the chief executive’s first commitment to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“This forms part of the national leadership’s initiative to enhance the country’s defense capabilities to secure our seas against current threats,” Secretary Roque said in a statement.
He said this is a breakthrough in the Philippine Navy’s transformation journey to build a strong and credible maritime force.
BRP Jose Rizal arrived in Subic, Zambales yesterday after a five-day voyage from Ulsan, South Korea where it was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.
The frigate was first welcomed in Batanes last Thursday, May 21 by BRP Quezon by way of radio signals and communications.
Its design was based on the HDF-2600 frigate design. It’s first steel-cutting rites was held last May 1,2018 while the keel-laying ceremony was held on October 16,2018 and the launching held last May 223,2019. (Melo M. Acuña)
Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Jose Rizal (Philippine Navy photos)