About Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW)


Established in 1919 on NAS North Island CA, FRCSW is the first aviation MRO facility established in the DoD making the command the birthplace of naval aviation maintenance. FRCSW provides world-class support to Navy and Marine Corps tactical, logistical and rotary wing aircraft and their components, by utilizing state-of-the-art management systems. To provide maintenance excellence where it’s most needed FRCSW maintains field sites at Naval Base Ventura County – Point Mugu,, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar in CA., MCAS Yuma, AZ., MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI., NAS Whidbey Island WA, as well as in Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan .

Products and Services

FRCSW aircraft programs have proven their value to the warfighter by returning 167 aircraft to the Fleet in 2014.Those aircraft included: 41 FIA-18 Hornet fighter-attack jets; 13 EA-18G Growlers, electronic warfare and radar-jamming jets; 5 AV-8BHarrier attack jets; 10 E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft; 9 C-2 Greyhound logistical support aircraft; 53H-60 Seahawk helicopters, 22 AH-l/HH-l/UH-l helicopters, 10 CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters and 17 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Command personnel have also repaired over 43,000 aviation components.

FRCSW’s innovative management technologies, including AIRSpeed, achieved cost and schedule reductions that provided extraordinary value and readiness. The F/A-18 Hornet program conducts Planned Maintenance Interval (PMI-1 and PMI-2) and is the largest production line in the command. The Special Rework/Crash Damage team is renowned for the ability to fix aircraft that are damaged beyond ordinary repair, and during the past five years, has returned more than 40 F/A-18 A-D models to the fleet for less than the cost of one Super Hornet.

FRCSW is the Navy’s lead facility performing overhaul, repair, modification & center barrel replacement (a unique capability designed, engineered and built at the command) for the FIA-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. This process is just a part of the production, engineering and logistical efforts being used to extend the life of the aircraft and save taxpayers money.

The In-Service Support Center (ISSC) provides engineering and logistics expertise which includes the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) and High Flight Hour (HFH) initiatives designed to enhance readiness of aging aircraft such as the F/A-18. The center also operates the Navy Primary Standards Laboratory, providing calibration services worldwide, second only to those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Materials Engineering Laboratory provides a variety of services with its expertise in materials technologies, and has the Navy’s only aircraft tire engineering and laser testing capability.

The component program boasted repair capabilities to more than 11,000 unique components used on Navy and Marine frontline aircraft. During FY2014, the command produced over 43,000 components in support of fleet requirements. These included common avionics, hydraulics, control surfaces and support equipment.

FRCSW is the sole service site repair center for the LM2500 turbine engine that powers the Burke, Aegis and Perry class surface ships. FRCSW rebuilt and returned 16 LM2500 engines to the Fleet in FY2014.

The commands Field Service staff provides rapid-response, on-site depot-level repair, and modification of squadron aircraft anywhere in the world whether ashore or at sea. During FY2014, Field Service responded to 2,2,448 requests for maintenance assistance from squadrons, including jobs underway on all Navy aircraft carriers.

FRCSW’s Voyage Repair Team (VRT) overhauls aircraft catapult and arresting gear systems on all Pacific Fleet carriers and maintains aircraft and ship aviation support systems on all Pacific Fleet aviation-capable ships. In FY2013 VRT completed significant work on all 5 carriers based on the west coast as well as USS George Washington (CVN-73) based in Japan.

FY2014 saw the commands mobile facilities program (MOFAC) refurbish 43 vans for use around the globe. For more than 40 years the Navy and Marine Corps have used the versatile steel-framed units for infrastructure and maintenance support operations.


The command is supported by a diverse work force of more than 3900 personnel, including 800 active-duty military. Of FRCSW’s highly skilled, talented, innovative and dedicated employees, 1/3 hold a variety of degrees from Associates to PhDs, and have an average experience level of 19 years.

A significant economic influence in the greater San Diego community for over 95 years, FRCSW is the 4th largest aerospace employer in the county behind General Atomics, Northrop Grumman and Solar Turbines, with an annual payroll in excess of $230 million and a regional economic impact of $500 million. Command employees also provide untold hours of talent and time to the community through active civic participation.


FRCSW’s main industrial complex has been located aboard Naval Air Station North Island since 1919 within the port of San Diego; ensuring ready access of its industrial capacity and capabilities to major Naval activities throughout the southwest. To better serve the warfighter, FRCSW has permanent detachments at:

Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA.                                                                         Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.

Naval Air Station Point Mugu, CA.                                                                     Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA.

Naval Air Station China Lake, CA.                                                                      Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ.

Naval Air Station Fallon, NV.                                                                               Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, HI.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA.                                                            Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan

The commands manufacturing facilities provide an invaluable industrial capability to the Navy. Its ability to produce intricate metal and composite components assures the Navy the capability to meet emergency requirements. These facilities are fully permitted and environmentally friendly in one of the country’s most stringently controlled environmental areas.

FRCSW’s registration to the International Organization of Standards 14001 Environmental Management Standard (first in the federal government to register to this standard), receipt of the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Award and the ongoing partnership efforts with San Diego Gas and Electric to create greater energy efficiencies are proof of the depot’s commitment to and excellence at protecting employees, neighbors, and the environment “beyond compliance.”

Facility facts include:

Number of acres: 358

Total square feet of building space: 2.6 Million

Estimated value of facilities: $1.5 billion

Number of Buildings: 80 (6 aircraft hangars)


  • 2013 NAVAIR Commanders Award for Energy and Water use reduction
  • 2013 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award
  • 2012 Secretary of Defense/CNO Environmental Award for Sustainability – Individual or Team
  • 2011 Secretary of Defense Phoenix Maintenance Award, Medium Category
  • 2009 Secretary of Defense/Secretary of the Navy/CNO Environmental Award for Sustainability – Industrial Installation
  • 2007-2013 Lockheed Martin Star Supplier
  • AS9100/9110 Certification
  • Internationally recognized for excellence by being registered with ISO 9000, 9001 and 14001 standards
  • FAA Certified as an approved repair station
  • Awarded the SHINGO Silver Medallion for Operational Excellence
  • Awarded the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award for Pollution Prevention
  • Selected by COMFRC to represent the Navy for the 2010 and 2011 Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance
  • Selected by the CNO to represent the Navy for the 2009 and 2011 Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence
  • Awarded 2009 California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Gold Level
  • Awarded the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Quality (Installation)
  • Awarded the Secretary of the Navy Gold Award for Energy Management
  • Awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Award for Environmental Quality (Individual)
  • Member of the Environmental Protection Agencies National Performance Track
  • Awarded the Department of Defense Environmental Award for Sustainability

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