The construction of the first missile-armed frigate by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is proceeding smoothly, and it may arrive in February or March of 2020. The second one will be in 2021. – According to Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad
The Philippines and HHI signed a P16-billion contract for two missile-armed frigates with another P2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munitions.
“The [keel laying] ceremony was conducted at the building dock number 6 of the Special and Naval Shipbuilding Division of HHI. Three blocks of the first PN frigate [with HHI Project Number 159] was installed on the dock,” Capt. Sergio Bartolome, the PN officer supervising the project, earlier said.