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Naval drills between Philippine frigate BRP Jose Rizal and Japan.

| 2021

According to a tweet published by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on November 16, 2021, JS KAGA and JS MURASAME conducted a bilateral exercise with the Philippine Navy BRP JOZE RIZAL after a port call to Subic.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Jose Rizal-class frigate BRP Jose Rizal and destroyer JS Murasame (Picture source: Twitter account of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is the lead ship of her class of guided-missile frigates of the Philippine Navy. She is the first purpose-built frigate of the service, as its major warships were mostly obtained from retired patrol ships of other countries. She is also one of the navy's primary warships able to conduct multi-role operations such as coastal patrol and anti-submarine warfare.

The Jose Rizal class of multi-role guided missile frigates, currently in service with the Philippine Navy, are a heavily modified variant of the ROK Navy's Incheon-class frigates. The ships, which were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), are specifically accommodated to fit the requirements of the Philippine Navy.

The frigates will improve the ability of the Philippine Navy's Offshore Combat Force, which is mostly composed of ships that were retired from other countries and subsequently transferred to the Philippines.

The Jose Rizal-class is armed with one OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid naval gun, one ASELSAN SMASH 30 mm gun, four S&T Motiv K6 .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns, one Close-in weapon system (FFBNW), four LIGNex1 SSM-700K C-Star anti-ship missile on twin canisters, two MBDA Mistral Simbad-RC twin launchers, 8-cell Vertical Launching System (FFBNW) and two SEA triple torpedo tubes.

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