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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) recently received its first F135 Power Module (PM). The PM is one of the five major modules that make up the propulsion system that powers the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Inducts First F135 Power Module, Begins Artisan Training
By | Dec. 19, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) inducted its first F135 Power Module (PM) Aug. 24, one of the five major modules that make up the propulsion system on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

A Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) weight and handling crewmember helps to stabilize an F/A-18 Hornet as it is repositioned using a crane as part of a Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) maintenance evolution.
FRCSW/FRCSE Complete Final F/A-18 Hornet Center Barrel Replacement
By | Dec. 19, 2023
Whether due to its all-weather versatility and reliability, or its run with the renowned flight demonstration team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F/A-18 Hornet has been a combat-proven platform for the Navy and Marine Corps for many years. It is a historic aircraft with an extensive past—one that would certainly not be as long or successful without a service life extension process called Center Barrel Replacement (CBR)—a complex and lengthy repair developed in 1991 by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) and conducted exclusively by artisans at FRCSW and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE). In fact, FRCSE and FRCSW both recently completed their last legacy F/A-18 CBR.

FRCSW artisan’s meticulous handiwork breathes new life into an MQ-8C with a flawless paint transformation.
First Full Paint Scheme Performed on Unmanned Helicopter at FRCSW
By | Dec. 19, 2023
This year, Fleet Readiness Center South West (FRCSW) became the first depot to complete a full paint scheme for an MQ-8C Fire Scout. FRCSW artisans meticulously stripped and painted the aircraft, a task crucial for its longevity and operational readiness.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jesus Hernandez, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, participates in a practical exercise March 6 as part of the F402 Engine Tier 5 Tier 5 Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) Inspector Rating certification course at Fleet Readiness Center East.
FRCE Engine Inspection Training Key to Aircraft Safety
By | Sept. 7, 2023
Training developed and conducted at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) has made a real-world impact on flight line readiness. The training provides the Marine Corps with the capabilities to bolster the number of mission-capable AV-8B Harriers while ensuring aircraft safety, and is now being applied to next-generation aircraft including the F-35 Lightning II.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jesus Hernandez, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, participates in a practical exercise March 6 as part of the F402 Engine Tier 5 Tier 5 Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) Inspector Rating certification course at Fleet Readiness Center East.
FRCE Engine Inspection Training Key to Aircraft Safety
By | Sept. 7, 2023
Training developed and conducted at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) has made a real-world impact on flight line readiness. The training provides the Marine Corps with the capabilities to bolster the number of mission-capable AV-8B Harriers while ensuring aircraft safety, and is now being applied to next-generation aircraft including the F-35 Lightning II.

Beary Spear, powered support systems mechanic in the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) ground support shop, drains fluid from an aircraft jack. This year, mechanics in the Ground Support Branch are scheduled to perform more than 5,000 preventive maintenance operations on more than 2,000 items of equipment. Mechanics check bearings, change fluids and perform other maintenance operations, as well as any necessary repairs to safety stands, powered test and transportation equipment and electric carts.
FRCE Ground Support Shop Equips Aircraft Lines for Success
By | Sept. 7, 2023
A small team of mechanics at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) keeps the production lines rolling at the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. FRCE’s Ground Support Branch repairs and maintains the vital ground support equipment used to move aircraft, transport parts, test systems and perform other critical functions that support aircraft production efforts at the depot.

Sean Maher, an aircraft electrician on Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) UH-1N production line, connects a battery-powered ground power unit (GPU) while conducting checks on a UH-1N helicopter. FRCE’s UH-1N production line is swapping out diesel-powered GPUs for battery-powered GPUs, becoming the first adapter of this technology within the Naval Aviation community.
FRCE Marks First with Adoption of Battery-Powered Ground Power Units
By | Sept. 7, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) UH-1N Huey production line is swapping out diesel-powered ground power units (GPU) for a sustainable alternative with the recent purchase of battery-powered GPUs, becoming the first adapter of this technology within the Naval Aviation community.

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to the
FRCSE Pitches in to Complete a Speedy In-Service Repair to P-8 Poseidon
By | Sept. 7, 2023
The Navy P-8A Poseidon is a multi-mission, militarized Boeing 737 behemoth. It conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance, long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and intelligence missions.

At far right, Lt. Erica Sciscoe, a Naval Flight Officer and safety program manager with Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, poses wtih Cmdr. David Geleszynski, left, and Cmdr. Matt Ostrem.
FRCSW Receives Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award
By Janina Lamoglia | Sept. 7, 2023
Since the 1950s, the Naval Aviation Safety Program has been enhancing the safety of aviation officers through risk assessment, investigation and reporting of hazardous events. The Aviation Safety Program at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) takes these safety tenants to heart. The command knows just how important each employee is at every level of the operation and makes every effort to ensure their ongoing safety.

An HH-60W Jolly Green II lands at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range during a deployment readiness exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Feb. 23.
FRCE Selected as Depot Source of Repair for New Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter
By By Naval Air Systems Command; and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers | June 22, 2023
The Air Force recently selected Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) as the stateside depot source of repair (DSOR) for the HH-60W Jolly Green II, the air service’s new combat rescue platform. FRCE will conduct all helicopter airframe programmed depot maintenance for Jolly Green II aircraft located within the continental United States, which represents about 70 percent of the platform’s total expected workload.

The first-of-its-kind reconfigured U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
FRCSW Ally Support Strengthens Royal Australian Air Force
By Janina Lamoglia | June 22, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) successfully completed a first-of-its-kind reconfiguration of a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

An MH-139A Grey Wolf lifts off for a mission Aug. 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The Grey Wolf sortie was the first flight after the Air Force took over ownership of the Air Force’s newest helicopter. The U.S. Air Force recently selected Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) as the stateside depot source of repair (DSOR) for 81 of the aircraft’s major structural and dynamic components. The Grey Wolf is the Air Force’s planned replacement for the legacy UH-1N Huey.
FRCE Secures Future Components Workload for Air Force MH-139A Grey Wolf
By Fleet Readiness Center East | June 22, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) recently secured designation as the Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) for 81 major structural and dynamic components of the Air Force MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter, the planned replacement for the UH-1N Huey. FRCE performs maintenance, repair and overhaul of the legacy UH-1N platform at its North Carolina Global TransPark detachment in Kinston. Current projections place the start date for the new work in fiscal year 2028.

U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252 taxi a KC-130J Super Hercules at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
FRCE Secures Future C-130 Workload, Plans for 200-Plus New Jobs
By Fleet Readiness Center East | June 22, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will expand its support of military aviators when the depot takes on maintenance, repair and overhaul duties for Navy and Marine Corps C/KC-130J Super Hercules and C/KC-130T Hercules aircraft. Navy officials announced March 17 that FRCE will serve as the designated repair point for the platform. The depot could begin the new workload as soon as the end of fiscal year 2026.

Artisans assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast’s F-5 Production Line prepare to remove the wing of an F-5N Tiger II for inspection
FRC Southeast Innovates to Support Fleet Need for Air Combat Training Aircraft
By Fleet Readiness Center Southeast | June 22, 2023
Since Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) inducted its first F-5N Tiger II, the depot has forged forward despite the challenges associated with standing up a new product line. 

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans practiced the handheld spray function during training on a new mobile, autonomous cold spray metallization system that is being fielded on H-1 line at the depot’s detachment on board Marine Corps Air Station New River. Officials say the new system will aid in reducing aircraft maintenance turnaround times and decreasing costs.
From Demo to Depot: New Application of Cold Spray Technology Arrives at FRCE
By Fleet Readiness Center East | June 22, 2023
Following years of rigorous testing and evaluation, a cold spray metallization technology that was initially demonstrated at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is now being fielded on the H-1 line at the depot’s detachment on board Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

Eric Gares, front, oxygen equipment repair mechanic, and quality assurance inspector Josh Unruh put the final touches on the 100th F-35 Lightning II parachute repacked at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE). FRCE achieved this milestone less than one year after inducting their first F-35 parachute. Since 2018, the depot had declared capability on 32 components, including the parachutes for the fifth-generation fighter.
FRCE Marks 100th F-35 Parachute Milestone
By Fleet Readiness Center East | June 22, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) marked a milestone in its support of the F-35 Lightning II program when the depot recently completed its 100th F-35 parachute repack.

Artisans on the H-1 production line prepare an AH-1Z helicopter for movement from the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) detachment at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River to the FRCE depot at MCAS Cherry Point. The move marked the first use of FRCE’s new double drop trailer – commonly called a lowboy – which stands to help FRCE save money and reduce turnaround time by simplifying movement of aircraft and other heavy equipment between the depot’s sites.
FRCE Transportation Branch Keeps Production Moving with New Trailer
By Fleet Readiness Center East | June 22, 2023
A new asset in the Transportation Branch at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is helping reduce turnaround times by simplifying aircraft movement between depot sites.

221216-N-IX644-1042 ADRIATIC SEA (Dec. 16, 2022) Thanh Nguyen, assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, drills composite on an F/-18E Super Hornet aircraft attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), Dec. 16, 2022. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 is the offensive air and strike component of Carrier Strike Group 10, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG). The squadrons of CVW-7 are VFA-86, VFA-103, VFA-136, VFA-143, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. The GHWBCSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Sasha Ambrose)
CVW-7, FRCSW Complete First of its Kind Aircraft Repairs at Sea
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Rodger | March 23, 2023
Artisans from Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) completed first-of-its-kind repairs at sea on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, Jan. 9. They repaired damages from an in-flight starboard engine fire that occurred on Aug. 31, 2022, cutting down repair times and preserving the operational readiness and mission capabilities of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) engine mechanics Travis Barclay, left, and Mark Schexnayder work on the depot’s first disassembly of a T408 engine, which powers the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter.  Maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter and its components will soon represent a significant portion of FRCE’s operations.
FRCE Conducts Test Run of CH-53K Engine Disassembly
By | March 23, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) recently opened a new chapter in the depot’s engine program with its first disassembly of the T408 engine, which powers the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter.

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) Bearing Shop work leader Justin Parrish prepares a bearing for cleaning. FRCE’s Bearing Shop refurbishes hundreds of bearings each week, turning out several thousand each month. The shop works with nearly 5,000 different part numbers ranging from bearings used on CH-53 helicopters to those used in military hovercraft variants. (Photo by Joe Andes, Fleet Readiness Center East Public Affairs)
FRCE Bearing Shop Supports the Fleet One Bearing at a Time
By | March 23, 2023
Fleet Readiness Center East’s Bearing Shop is a place where success or failure can be measured in thousandths of an inch. In this shop, bearings—used on vehicles that operate in the air, on land and at sea—are inspected, measured and analyzed with a painstaking attention to detail by a small team of highly trained professionals.

An HH-46 Pedro search and rescue helicopter on display after two Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans repaired damaged windows on the Havelock, North Carolina landmark. (U.S. Navy photo)
FRCE Artisans Earn Kudos for Repairing Damaged Vintage Aircraft
By Fleet Readiness Center East | Dec. 21, 2022
A pair of Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans recently got a chance to step back in time while doing a good deed for the community.

A recently overhauled CH-53 helicopter flies out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The aircrew consists of Marines from Fleet Readiness Center East’s (FRCE) H-53 Military Branch.
FRCE’s H-53 Military Branch Keeps the Fleet Ready to Fight
By Fleet Readiness Center East | Dec. 21, 2022
The CH-53 Sea Stallion and MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters have been mainstays of the Navy and Marine Corps for decades. On any day, these heavy lift helicopters can be seen around the world performing a wide variety of critical missions.

The first F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to undergo the Service Life Modification (SLM) procedure at a naval aviation depot is pictured at the FRCSW testline June 29. The aircraft, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, will undergo induction for the SLM that will extend the airframe’s flight hours from 6,000 to 7,500. The procedure is estimated to take about 17 months.
FRCSW First Depot to Tackle Super Hornet Service Life Modification
By | Oct. 3, 2022
When the artisans, engineers and support staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) inducted their final F/A-18 legacy (A-D model) Hornet fighter to undergo the Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) procedure last March, they probably thought they could take a break.

The Helicopter Blade Balance Facility’s whirl tower has traditionally been used to balance helicopter rotor blades at Fleet Readiness Center East. However, the H-53K program is opting to use the universal static balance fixture (USBF) instead of the whirl tower to balance its blades, because the USBF can accommodate the increased length and weight of the blades for the new helicopter.
FRCE Moves Into Future With New Helicopter Blade Balancing System
By | Oct. 3, 2022
Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility.

Members of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast who supported Rolls-Royce in the F405 engine recovery effort pose for a photograph at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
FRCSE Steps Up to Support Rolls-Royce in Meeting Fleet Requirements
By | Oct. 3, 2022
More than 40 artisans with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) were deployed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, during a year-long effort to assist Rolls-Royce in meeting the fleet demand of 145 ready-for-issue (RFI) F405 engines powering the T-45 Goshawk.

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast’s ground check crew recovers a Navy T-6A aircraft, the first aircraft operated beneath the new Ground Check Huts, after a successful post-ACI Functional Checkflight.
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Launches Ground Check Huts
By | Oct. 3, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) recently received five new environmental protection shelters or ground check huts. The shelters aren’t just new to FRCSE, but they are the first of their kind aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA (March 29, 2019) Two EA-18G Growlers from squadron VAQ-136 taxi toward the runway at Ault Field as they prepare to take off.
FRCSW Sets Sights on Growler Mishap Repair
By | Oct. 3, 2022
Less than 35 days after inducting a CMV-22 Osprey aircraft to repair a crack to an inner skin panel, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest’s (FRCSW) unique refurbishing capabilities and resources were tapped by the Navy once again—this time to repair an EA-18G Growler involved in a flight deck mishap.

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans ready an MV-22 Osprey for “ground turn” which is an essential operational test of all of the aircraft’s systems and components. This is one of the last major steps that must be accomplished before this aircraft can be determined to be “Safe for Flight.”
FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs
By | Oct. 3, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a Naval Aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off, rather than the standard wing-on method; this required a novel approach to the process.

Steven Cope, left, and Joe Shanda, both members of the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) F-35 Rapid Response Team (RRT), perform maintenance on an F-35C for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VFMA-314) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, underway in the Indo-Pacific region. The FRCE artisans deployed to the aircraft carrier to assist with fixes that were beyond the scope of the organizational-level repairs provided by squadron maintainers.
FRCE’s F-35 Rapid Response Team Makes Global Impact on Flight Line Readiness
By | Oct. 3, 2022
As the number of operational F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps continues to rise, the number of missions flown increases—and with them, the requirements for maintenance and repair. The requirement for in-service repair and the need to mend battle damage don’t always come at a convenient time, or in a convenient location, and that’s where the F-35 Rapid Response Team (RRT) comes in. This team of highly skilled, cross-trained aircraft maintenance professionals stands ready to answer the call for support anywhere in the world at any time.

Kristopher Kirksey, a quality assurance specialist at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), and Jeff Ellman, FRCE ordinance and survival shop work leader, inspect an ejection seat parachute for the F-35B Lightning II.
FRCE Declares Capabilities on Next Round of F-35 Components
By | Oct. 3, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) has expanded its support of next-generation Naval Aviation by declaring capabilities on a new round of F-35 components. These capabilities build upon the 17 F-35 components the depot previously declared capabilities on in 2020.

The VRM-30 CMV-22 Osprey inducted by FRCSW on Jan. 13 is pictured in Building 333. The inner composite skin of the aircraft suffered a 4-foot-by-2-foot crack during a mishap. FRCSW, FST, the V-22 program office and industry partners developed a repair plan to return the aircraft to its squadron.
FRCSW Inducts First CMV-22 to Suffer Mishap
By | May 11, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) artisans and the Fleet Support Team (FST) recently joined industry partners and the V-22 Joint Program Office to prevent the loss of an CMV-22 Osprey aircraft which had suffered damage during a mishap.

Aquiles Faustino, right, a safety specialist at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), speaks with Samuel Foreman, an electrical equipment repairer at FRCE, during a safety site survey. Site surveys like these play an important role in FRCE’s safety program. FRCE closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history.
FRCE Achieves Safety Milestone in 2021
By | May 11, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history.

Rob Wansker (right), FRCE V-22 Power and Propulsion Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) senior engineer, and Derek Britton, mechanical engineer in the APU group, examine a clutch servo-valve filter for a V-22 APU. The APU group recently developed a process to clean and recertify these filters for use after supply issues made the critical part temporarily unavailable to the fleet.
Creative Engineering Solution at FRCE Overcomes Shortage of V-22 APU Filters
By | May 11, 2022
A supply shortage of clutch servo-valve filters for V-22 Osprey auxiliary power units (APU) threatened to keep a number of aircraft on the ground, until the APU group of the V-22 Fleet Support Team at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) found a way to clean the disposable filters and reinstall them on the aircraft.

A V-22 Osprey recently flown from Okinawa, Japan, is temporarily parked on the flight line at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, while final induction coordination occurs between FRC WESTPAC, NIPPI Corporation, and the flight crew of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265.
FRC WESTPAC Inducts First Marine V-22 for Maintenance with New Contractor
By | May 11, 2022
Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan.