FRCSW Sets Sights on Growler Mishap Repair

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. Because of the command’s investments in the latest maintenance and…

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FRCSW Inducts Its First MV-22 to Suffer Mishap

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) artisans and the Fleet Support Team (FST) recently joined industry partners and the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) to prevent the loss of an CMV-22 Osprey aircraft which had suffered damage during a mishap. The right-hand inner composite skin of the $75 million aircraft sustained a four-foot by two-foot crack with other, but minor, composite…

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FRCSW VRT Supports USCG Ship Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest’s (FRCSW) Voyage Repair Team (VRT) is staffed by approximately 30 artisans who handle the maintenance, modifications and repairs to the flight decks of aircraft carriers assigned to or visiting Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). VRT artisans also deploy to carriers throughout the world in response to fleet Casualty Reports (CASREP) that require depot-level attention to…

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FRCSW Delivers E-2D Hawkeye Ahead of Schedule

As the Navy introduces new aircraft variants to bolster the fleet, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) continues to adapt its maintenance methods and practices to advance the delivery of these assets to ensure mission readiness. One such aircraft serviced by FRCSW is the E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning system, the fourth variant manufactured by Northrop Grumman that was brought into…

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FRCSW Returns Its Final PMI-2 E-2C Hawkeye

The last E-2C Hawkeye to complete the planned maintenance interval two (PMI-2) procedure at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) departed the command’s test line August 3 to Carrier Airborne Early Squadron 116 (VAW-116) stationed at Naval Base Ventura County. The aircraft was inducted Sept. 21, 2020, from VAW-123. Developed by the Grumman Aircraft Company in the mid-1960s, the twin turbo-propeller…

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FRCSW Inducts last F/A-18 for Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) Program

June 22, 2021 – A significant milestone in the history of naval aviation maintenance and repairs is coming to an end. The Navy’s Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) program that was created by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) in 1991 inducted its last F/A-18 legacy Hornet fighter (RA52) to undergo the CBR procedure March 17 at Naval Air Station North Island…

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