PH Navy commissions second frigate Antonio Luna
by Philippine Navy | March 19, 2021
SOUTH HARBOR, Manila – The second missile frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN) has formally entered service as BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) during the commissioning ceremony held at Pier 13 here today, March 19.
President and Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Commander-in-Chief, Rodrigo Roa Duterte virtually graced the event as the guest of honor and speaker while National Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana physically attended the ceremony along with AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, acting Navy Flag Officer In Command Rear Adm. Adeluis Bordado, and other top defense and military officials. They were joined by South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim In Chul, and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) representatives.
Rear Admiral Bordado in his welcome remarks underscored the importance of today’s event which”gives us more motivation and further fuels our commitment to our vision to become a modern and multi-capable naval force that is truly responsive to our maritime interests’ defense and development.”
“As we christen and commission the FF151, we expect to raise our capacity to protect our nation’s vast maritime interests. We also expect to improve our approaches in securing our sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially in the South China Sea,” added Bordado.
Christening rites of the frigate followed after the commissioning with Editha Aguilar-Lorenzana as the lady sponsor.
Sec. Lorenzana stated that “the commissioning of the BRP Antonio Luna and her sister ship, BRP Jose Rizal, marks the advent of our future fleet towards having a modernized and multi-capable Philippine Navy – one that is ready to respond to the increasing and emerging threats in our vast archipelagic nation.”
“As we turn to the next page of our modernization program, we bear witness to the government’s resolve to build a modernized armed forces – one that is ready to protect the people and the state, secure our sovereignty and the integrity of our national territory,” said Lorenzana.
In his message, President Duterte described today’s event as a reaffirmation “of strong commitment of the transformation, modernization, innovation, and pursuit of high standards in our naval service. May General Antonio Luna’s bravery and patriotism inspire the officers and crew of this new ship as you prepare for your future sails.”
“Let me assure you, we will welcome more promising milestone, modernization program…for greater national peace and progress,” added Duterte.
The frigate’s namesake is a great Filipino general and former AFP chief of staff who served in the Spanish-American War, Philippine Revolution, and Philippine-American War. Giving more significance to the event was the attendance of the living descendants of Gen. Antonio Luna headed by Mr. Constancio Ongpin.
The commissioning into service of the FF151 officially completed the PN frigate acquisition project, a monumental turning point in our Navy’s history that puts us on the map of modern and more capable navies. It was also a demonstration of the government’s unfaltering commitment to better serve the nation and the people by continuously transforming its armed forces even amid the pandemic.