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 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 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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U.S., Indian navies hold ceremony to commemorate India’s first MH-60R

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the MH-60R. This bilateral initiative serves…

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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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USS Theodore Roosevelt Returns from Deployment

May 25, 2021 – Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to San Diego, May 25, marking the completion of its deployment to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility. Theodore Roosevelt, flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), departed on deployment Dec. 23, 2020, to the U.S. 3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of operation.…

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Navy commissions expeditionary sea base USS Miguel Keith

May 10, 2021 – The Navy commissioned its newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) May 8 at Naval Air Station North Island. Due to COVID-19 limitations, 50 guests were able to attend the ceremony for the ship named in honor of Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Lance Cpl. Miguel Keith, who made the ultimate…

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San Diego Squadron Receives First CMV-22B Osprey

June 23, 2020 – The Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22. The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey. “Today marks…

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USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles

May 15, 2020 – USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Los Angeles after supporting the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 response operations to the greater Los Angeles area during the coronavirus pandemic, May 15. “We came to Los Angeles to be the relief valve for local hospitals in the fight against COVID-19,” said Capt. John Rotruck, commanding officer of the Medical Treatment…

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