The Philippine Navy’s frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF 151) has tested its main guns and other batteries in a series of live firing events during the at-sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.
During the Gunnery Exercise (GUNNEX), BRP Antonio Luna tested the accuracy of its main battery OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid gun, 30 mmm Aselsan SMASH, and .50-caliber machine gun aiming at targets deployed by Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) while underway.
Meanwhile, during the Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) Rodeo exercise, the 76 mm Super Rapid Gun was again tested by targeting 2D virtual land information.
BRP Antonio Luna and other participants conducted a practice run for gunfire corrections before proceeding with the record firing.
During RIMPAC 2022, the Philippine Navy validated its capacity to sustain operations overseas and to achieve individual and collective training objectives.
The exercise, scheduled to take place between 29 June and 4 August, saw 26 nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel participating in a series of exercises.
This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the UK and the US.