MANILA – The Philippines’ second-guided missile frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), was formally deployed to its first mission within the Naval Forces West in Palawan.
Philippine Navy (PN) chief, Rear Adm. Adeluis Bordado led the send-off ceremony for the BRP Antonio Luna on the Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila on Thursday, the place he urged all officers and enlisted personnel of the ship “to sail boldly.”
“I do know that you’ve got educated very laborious for this,” he added, noting that the missile frigate is without doubt one of the most superior naval platform to fly the nationwide ensign.
The BRP Antonio Luna arrived within the nation in February and was formally commissioned to the PN service in March.
“I would like you to understand how a lot pleasure and honor you carry and amplify for your entire Command by carrying the Philippine flag throughout your first and most difficult mission but. Make waves, bow, and winds obey,” Bordado mentioned.
BRP Antonio Luna, commanded by Navy Capt. Charles Merric Villanueva, had just lately declared a excessive state of operational readiness after efficiently complying with all pre-deployment necessities.
After finishing its logistical fill-up, the frigate will likely be deployed in Naval Forces West.
The Naval Forces West is accountable for defending Palawan waters and a part of the West Philippine Sea together with the Kalayaan Island Group.
BRP Antonio Luna and its sister ship, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), are able to floor, sub-surface, air, and digital warfare utilizing state-of-the-art digital sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic-guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter.
The BRP Antonio Luna left Ulsan, South Korea final February 5 and arrived in Capones Island in Zambales on February 9.
The contract for the 2 ships was positioned at PHP16 billion, with PHP2 billion for weapon programs and munitions. (PNA)