CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC) and Commanding Officer, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) held a dual stand-up ceremony at Commander, Naval Air Force Headquarters at Naval Base Coronado (NBC), Oct. 10.
The Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments from NBC and Point Mugu were disestablished and approximately 4,000 uniformed personnel were incorporated into FRCSW during the ceremony.
"Today is a historical day. It is what I consider one of the most transformational changes that aviation maintenance has seen in the past 50 years," said Rear Adm. Michael Hardee, COMFRC. "This change is necessary to grow into a much more efficient, agile and high velocity maintenance team. It's a high velocity maintenance team that our warfighter needs today, tomorrow and into the future."
FRCSW, formerly Naval Aviation (NAVAIR) Depot North Island, Calif., was the first of six Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC) to stand up following the establishment of COMFRC. The other five FRCs will be: FRC West, Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, East and Southeast.
"I think it's appropriate for the first FRC to stand up at North Island because this is a place where numerous aviation firsts have occurred," said Vice Adm. James M. Zortman, commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Today the spirit lives on as the naval aviation enterprise continues to excel at supporting fleet operations while shaping the Navy and the Marine Corps for another century of service."
NAVAIR Depot North Island was the Navy's West Coast tactical aircraft depot and the lead facility worldwide, performing overhaul, repair and modification. They were also the sole government service site of the LM 2500 gas turbine engine that powers the Spruance-, Burke-, Aegis- and Perry-class surface ships. Those jobs will now fall under the FRC.
"I believe the FRCs will be very successful because the equipment that needs to be repaired will be taken straight from our squadrons," said Chief Aviation Electronic Technician (AW) Norman McCrain, FRCSW. "We're cutting out the middle man. We're going straight to the intermediate depot combinations and will save a lot of money and time."
These changes were made in compliance with recommendations made during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation, as approved by President George Bush and authorized by Congress.
"This has really been a journey. We are rewriting the pages of history with a special new chapter today," said Capt. Fred E. Cleveland, FRCSW commanding officer. "We believe we have a great plan to save tax payers millions and millions of dollars and generate more readiness out on the flight line."
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