Philippine frigate BRP Antonio Luna joins Carrier Strike Group during RIMPAC


According to information published by the Philippine News Agency on July 28, 2022, the Philippine Navy (PN) said the missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise where the Filipino warship and its foreign counterparts helped defend a carrier strike group from a simulated attack.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Jose Rizal guided missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna during RIMPAC 2022. (Picture source: US Navy)


BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) is the second ship of the Jose Rizal-class of guided missile frigates in service with the Philippine Navy. The BRP Antonio Luna was designed and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea and is a derivative of the Incheon-class frigates of the Republic of Korea Navy.

Changes were made on the base design by making use of features found on newer frigates of the R.O.K. Navy, considering reduced radar cross-section by having cleaner lines, smooth surface design, reduced overhangs, and a low free-board.

The frigate is able to conduct multi-role operations such as anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and limited anti-air warfare (AAW).

She has a length of 107 m (351 ft 1 in), a beam of 13.8 m (45 ft 3 in), and a draft of 3.65 m (12 ft 0 in). She can reach a top speed of 25 knots (46,3 km/h; 28.8 mph).

She is powered by Combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion system that includes four MTU-STX 12V1163-TB93 12-cylinder diesel engines and up to three diesel generators.

The BRP Antonio Luna is armed with one OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid naval gun, one ASELSAN SMASH 30mm automatic cannon, four S&T Motiv K6 .50cal (12.7mm) machine guns, one CIWS, four LIGNex1 SSM-700K C-Star anti-ship missile on twin canisters, two SEA triple torpedo tubes for K745 Blue Shark torpedo, two MBDA Mistral Simbad-RC twin launchers and 8-cell VLS.


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