The BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) docks at the Manila South Harbor Pier 15, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, during the Philippine Navy’s arrival ceremony for the Naval Task Group (NTG) 80.0 on board the multi-mission capable frigate. The NTG participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2022 in Hawaii. PHOTOS BY MIKE ALQUINTO


The Philippine Navy (PN) has sent one of its most capable warships, BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), to patrol the Philippine Rise off the coast of Aurora Province.

According to Acting Philippine Navy Commanding Officer Commodore Jim Aris Alagao, BRP Antonio Luna carried out maritime patrol to intensify naval presence in the Philippine Rise, the 13-million-hectare undersea volcanic ridge located east of Luzon.

Alagao said this is part of the government’s mandate to safeguard the country’s national maritime interests in the northern frontier.

The said region is part of the country’s extended continental shelf which is said to be abundant with natural resources such as minerals and gas.

“The Philippine Navy will always continue to be at the forefront in protecting the country’s maritime domain and interests,” Commodore Alagao said on Thursday.