Philippine Navy starts final inspection of new 2,600-ton frigate

Philippine Navy’s second multi-dimensional frigate, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), is currently undergoing final inspection in Ulsan, South Korea, prior to its delivery, the navy said.

The Philippine Navy’s Frigate Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) started the final inspection of the vessel on 25 January 2021.

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Launched in November 2019, the newbuild is the second of two 2,600-ton multi-mission frigates ordered by the Philippine Navy from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as part of the navy’s two-unit Frigate Acquisition Project. 

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As explained, Philippine Navy inspectors will validate the contractor’s strict compliance to the agreed technical specifications and build specifications (TS&BS) in building and equipping the frigate.

“Initial reports from PN owners representative headed by Capt Sergio Bartolome PN state that PN Frigate 2 is almost 100% completed and has satisfactorily passed harbor and sea trials,” the Philippine Navy said.

“However, due to travel restriction and production disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic, some training activities and ILS deliveries have been delayed. Hence, completion dates and delivery schedules have been adjusted.”

As informed, the final FAP TIAC inspection of BRP Antonio Luna will be conducted from 25 to 30 January 2021. If the frigate is found compliant to TS&BS, PN FAP TIAC will issue the Certificate of Final Acceptance to Hyundai Heavy, as stipulated in the contract, before the team flies back to Manila on 30 January 2021.

Photo: Philippine Navy

Photo: Philippine Navy