MANILA – The steel cutting for the second missile-armed Frigate of the Philippine Navy (PN) took place on Monday in Pohang City, South Korea.
In a statement Wednesday, PN said that this was held at the Shin Hwa Tech facility, a subcontractor of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the shipyard builder who won the PHP18 billion contract for the two vessels.
Steel cutting is considered the official start of construction (building) process.
Commander Jonathan Zata, PN spokesperson, said this was confirmed by Capt. Sergio Bartolome, the marine representative who oversaw the frigate project in South Korea.
Present during the steel cutting were the HHI project manager and staff, with rankings PN officials, executives from Shin Hwa Tech and Lloyds Shipping Register.
The project number for the second frigate is P160. Meanwhile, the keel laying for the first frigate with project number P159 will take place on October 16 at dock number 6 of HHI Special and Naval Shipbuilding Division, Ulsan, South Korea.
Steel cutting for the first frigate took place in April.
Zata said the expected delivery date of the first PN rocket-armed frigate by 2020 will be with the second frigate in 2021.
The PN frigate project is part of the current modernization program that seeks to provide a credible defense opportunity for the PN and the armed forces of the Philippines. (PNA)