The Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) of the Frigate Acquisition Project led by Commo. Alberto Carlos has approved the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP) of the Philippine Navy (PN) on March 23, 2018.
The TIAC acceptance marks a significant step forward and a major milestone for the said project which consists of the approval of 71 critical detailed design drawings as submitted by the winning shipbuilder of the frigates, the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
These drawings shall then be the basis of HHI to proceed with earnest with the project. The next significant milestone will now be the ceremonial steel cutting which will likely be held on April 30, 2018 at HHI Complex, Ulsan, South Korea to be attended by a delegation from DND/PN to mark this important milestone.
It can be recalled that on October 24, 2016, the contract agreement for the FAP was signed by National Defense Chief Sec. Delfin Lorenzana as Head of Procuring Entity (HOPE), and Mr. Kisun Chung, Vice President/Owner of HHI for the construction of two (2) new build 2,600 ton frigates that are missile capable and equipped with sensors and systems for modern naval warfare.
Secretary Lorenzana has expressed his utmost desire for the timely completion of the project. Indeed, the completion of the CDR phase and the start of the steel cutting show that FAP is now moving forward without delays in accordance with the stipulations of the contract.
The two missile frigates is expected to be delivered in 2020 which will cement the PN's vision of becoming a strong amd credible NAVY that our maritime nation will be proud of."
The two warships will certainly enhance the capability of the PN to guard the Philippine maritime territory and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).