BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), the Philippine Navy’s second frigate, has completed its sea acceptance trials, which culminated in a series of warfare capability demonstrations off the coast of Ulsan, South Korea, from December 14 to 18, 2020.
After personally observing the warship’s performance during the sea trials, Rear Admiral Alberto B. Carlos, the chairman of the Navy’s Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC), announced that FF151 is compliant with the accepted technical standards.
“FF151 is 95% complete at this time. All machineries and combat systems were subjected to test procedures as stipulated in the contract and were observed to be working properly. More importantly, I’m happy to announce that FF151 passed the prescribed standards and procedures,” Rear Admiral Carlos reported.
Furthermore, Rear Admiral Carlos stated that “upon completion of this week’s SAT, the completion rating is almost 100%, which will pave the way for FF151’s re-docking and final outfitting prior delivery early next year.”
FF151 is a modern naval warship built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, capable of surface, subsurface, air, and electronic warfare with state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an anti-submarine helicopter on board.
In February of next year, FF151 is slated to be delivered and handed over to the PN. BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), the first frigate, was delivered and commissioned into the Philippine Navy on July 10 of this year.