Philippine Navy frigate ‘Jose Rizal’ bought from Korea, sails to the Philippines with COVID-19 relief supplies

Hyundai Heavy Industries’ latest 2,600-ton frigate “Jose Rizal” departed for the Philippines carrying COVID-19 relief supplies products such as masks and disinfectants.

Hyundai Heavy Industries announced on the 18th of May that it held an event at its headquarters in Ulsan to commemorate the delivery of the Philippine Navy’s frigate BRP Jose Rizal and set sail for the Philippine port of Subic.

Philippine Navy frigate ‘Jose Rizal’ bought from Korea, sails to the Philippines with COVID-19 relief supplies
Future Philippine Navy Frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) during the launching ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea

As part of the Philippine Navy’s project to modernize its aging fleet, the Horserizal ship was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries since 2016. The Jose Rizal frigate was launched in 2019 by HHI in Ulsan, South Korea. She started sea trials near South Korean waters in November last year.

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It has a long-range of more than 8,300 kilometers, allowing long-term maritime security operations. The Philippine Navy will be the first to possess a warship that operates guided missiles and torpedoes.

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The frigate is transporting a shipment of COVID-19 relief supplies donated by the Korean government as part of its campaign to assist countries that participated in the Korean War. Just last week, the United States received 500,000 masks delivered by ROKAF C-130J.

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Around 20,000 protective masks, 180 barrels of the disinfectant solution, 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 300 packs of the disinfectant wipe are among the cargo being shipped to the Philippines aboard the BRP Jose Rizal.

The frigate was feared to delay delivery due to the spread of COVID-19, but it was about four months earlier than the originally scheduled delivery date in September this year. South Korea’s Navy also deployed the Navy’s 2nd Fleet’s ‘Seongnam’ PCC-775 at the departure ceremony and wished for a safe voyage of the BRP Jose Rizal.

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