BRP Antonio Luna performs CBRN attack defense training and exercises

The BRP Antonio Luna, the Philippine Navy’s second guided-missile frigate, has demonstrated its capacity to safeguard its crewmen from chemical attack.

“As the newest and the most capable asset in the Philippine Navy, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) conducts regular training and exercise so that it can respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks,” the ship’s Facebook page read Thursday night.

A video clip was also shared depicting the BRP Antonio Luna’s response to a simulated chemical weapon strike, in which crewmen were seen closing down all ship access points to prevent lethal vapors from leaking in.

The video also showed the ship’s crewmen donning protective equipment and venturing outside the weather decks to double-check that all hatches were properly sealed.

To avoid chemical agents from sticking, the ship’s weather was “pre-wetted,” or sprayed with water.

Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) attacks can be detected by the BRP Antonio Luna and the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150).

The PN previously stated that these ships would automatically shut themselves if their sensors detected CBRNE strikes.

It went on to say that once the ship is sealed, all potential contaminants are prohibited from entering the ship’s areas.

Surface, subsurface, air, and electronic warfare are also possible on both ships, thanks to cutting-edge electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic-guided torpedoes, and an anti-submarine helicopter on board.

The BRP Jose Rizal was commissioned on July 10, 2020, while the BRP Antonio Luna was commissioned on March 19, 2021.

The contract for the two ships was for P16 billion, with another P2 billion set up for weapon systems and munitions.

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