Coming Home, Walk Like a Pinoy?

SHAH ALAM: Coming Home, walk like a Pinoy? The future BRP Jose Rizal, the Philippines Navy first guided missile frigate arrived in Subic Bay, Manila, late on May 23, 2020, some one month after its scheduled delivery. The delay is attributed to travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. The Jose Rizal and its sister ship, Antonia Luna, were planned around the same time as our own LCS but as the Philippines had no state-owned shipyard, the construction of both were entrusted to South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) which won the tender for the programme.

Future BRP Jose Rizal

The cost for both ships are some USD$315 million (RM1.374 million) – according to Philippines News Agency – with another USD$40 million (RM174 million) for weapon systems and munitions.The ship is fitted with a 76mm gun, one 30mm guns, two SHORAD missile launchers, four SSM and twin triple torpedo launchers. The ship is also fitted with an eight-cell SAM launcher, meant for VL-MICA but not equipped with them for the moment. It is equipped with a Hensoldt TRS-3D radar, EO and hull mounted sonar with a towed sonar planned for future fitting. For more detailed equipment list go here

From the Inquirer.

The Philippine Navy’s first brand new warship, to be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), dropped anchor in Subic Bay, Zambales on Saturday (May 23) after a five-day voyage from Ulsan, South Korea.

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) delivered the first of two 2,600-ton missile-capable frigate of the Philippine Navy. It carried 31 Korean crew men and 61 Philippine Navy sailors.

The future BRP Jose Rizal was escorted by the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17), together with one Agusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 fixed wing aircraft toward the anchorage area on Friday afternoon (May 22), the Navy said in a statement.

Early Saturday, the future BRP Jose Rizal received passing honors from BRP Andres Bonifacio and three multi-purpose assault craft with Navy anti-submarine and AW-109 helicopters hovering above.

Before the ship’s tentative commissioning set on June 19, the birthday of Jose Rizal whom the ship was named after, the crew will first go on quarantine prior to final acceptance evaluation by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC), the Navy said.

Despite the seemingly smooth delivery of the ship, it had not escaped controversy in Manila as reported by the Inquirer.

A Philippine Navy TC-90 aircraft flies near future BRP Jose Rizal as it enters the country’s territorial waters. Philippines Navy

The selection of combat management systems (CMS) for the frigates had put the deal in national spotlight in 2018. The Navy was then pushing for Tacticos of Thales Nederland, a CMS already compatible with Link 16, compared to the CMS picked by the HHI, which was Naval Shield ICMS of Hanwha Systems.

The contract stated that the shipbuilder would have the “sole right” to choose the subsystems, which was then opposed by the Navy but not by the Department of National Defense.

It is interesting to note that HHI had claimed that the Naval Shield ICMS had been proven as it had been fitted on South Korean Navy ships as well as the RMN’s DSME designed but locally built training ships. It must be noted that Jose Rizal was launched one year ago some two years after the contract was signed. This means that HHI built the ship within 24 months.

Anyhow, Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin to all Malaysian Defence readers.

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