An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

News | Jan. 31, 2019

Support Equipment Rework Shop Revives Shipboard Tools

By Jim Markle

290
VIRIN: 190131-N-ZZ252-0290

Sailors from USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) work on components to their ships support equipment in the FRCSW Support Equipment Rework Shop in Building 801. Pictured, from left, are: AO2 Suni Lopez, AOC Kristopher Haskins, AOAN Gilliana Dolce and AOAN Angelica Piol. (U.S. Navy photo)

Exposure to the elements and daily use at sea can take a toll on shipboard aviation equipment. And like the ship and crew assigned to it, this gear needs rejuvenation upon returning to port. Aboard Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), the Support Equipment (SE) Rework shop in Buildings 801 and 789 serve as the refurbishment center for these tools.
For over 30 years, the SE shop and its staff of five Sailors and five contractor personnel have handled the technical expertise, tools, and parts that enable Sailors to prepare equipment for its next deployment. Eight Sailors and contractors work in Building 801, and the remaining two personnel work in Building 789 where the shops painting facilities are located.
"The civilian contractors do the maintenance on the support equipment we have like the grinders, our lifts, saws, and blasters. The blasters are used to remove paint from surfaces that can't be removed in a burn oven, like aluminum which can melt," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (AS1) Beulah Lashley, who is the shops leading petty officer. "We have one civilian who is a welder, so, if a bolt breaks off of a piece of gear or if something needs fabricated, he can do that work for us. And we have another who will break down and reassemble any work that can't be completed, like nitrogen carts and maintenance stands."
Lashley said that "the SE shop is funded by Commander, Naval Air Forces. Homeported and visiting ships offload their support equipment and gear that needs refurbishing, and supply their own manpower to do the work. Those Sailors are usually AS, ordnance, or machinist mates."
"Each ship carries between 30-40 individuals total," Lashley said, "The most we've had working here at one time was 120 individuals. We have also used the shop for training purposes. Last year, we used this (Building 801) as a demo/training area for the new tow tractor tires that can be complicated to work with," she said. "Our civilians had fabricated a tire puller to remove the tire from the rim. Otherwise, the tools we have would be two crowbars, a hammer and a V-breaker and it would take hours on end, but with the tool they manufactured it reduced the time considerably."
The Building 801 facility contains eight work bays, a full-service welding shop, overhead cranes and a tool room to handle scheduled maintenance to major equipment refurbishment. The staff does not work on forklifts or cranes, and is not authorized to rebuild major components like engines and transmissions, but routine maintenance including oil changes are performed. The rework shops primary customers include the aircraft carriers ported at Naval Air Station North Island and amphibious force (Gator) ships.
"Tow bars and tow tractors come through the most, but we also see work on a lot of hydraulic genies, maintenance stands and nitrogen carts," she said. "A lot of hard work and effort goes into keeping this gear up and running to support the mission when these ships are out to sea for seven, eight, or 10 months at a time," Lashley said. "It's effort from both sides, our Sailors and civilians, who are the basic subject matter experts on a lot of the equipment. Its pretty amazing the things that we do here."
"Last year, approximately 60,000 pieces of equipment were serviced through the shop," she added.  

Nov. 21, 2023

FRCSW at Fleet Week San Diego

On November 8 2023, Fleet Week in San Diego unfolded as a grand spectacle of innovation and technology, transforming the Port Pavilion Building into a vibrant hub of the future.

Nov. 10, 2023

Honor Flight San Diego’s Tribute to American Veterans

Veterans Day not only offers a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices of service members, but also serves as a poignant reminder of the price of liberty and the importance of acknowledging those who have borne its cost. This day reinforces the timeless truth: freedom is never free, and gratitude towards its guardians is eternally owed. Building on this spirit of reverence, organizations like Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) work tirelessly to show tangible appreciation to these heroes.

Sept. 5, 2023

FRCSW STEM in Action

When Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) STEM ambassadors visit local communities, their goal is to utilize the STEM outreach program to inspire and create valuable opportunities to learn for both students and educators. The program also tries to empower both the students and FRCSW employees by fostering meaningful connections between Naval STEM efforts and the upcoming generation.

July 20, 2023

FRCSW Engineer Receives Assistant Secretary of Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists & Engineers of the Year Award

FRCSW Engineer Receives Assistant Secretary of Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists & Engineers of the Year Award

May 15, 2023

FRCSW Comptroller Receives Department of the Navy and Secretary of Defense Financial Management Awards

FRCSW Comptroller Receives Department of the Navy and Secretary of Defense Financial Management Awards

April 27, 2023

FRCSW E-2D Team Wins NAVAIR Commander’s Award

FRCSW E-2D Team Wins NAVAIR Commander’s Award

April 18, 2023

FRCSW Sailors Named 2023 Sailor of the Year

FRCSW Sailors Named 2023 Sailor of the Year

April 6, 2023

FRCSW Ally Support Strengthens Royal Australian Air Force

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) successfully completed a first of its kind reconfiguration of a U.S. Navy EA-6B Growler for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

March 31, 2023

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest - Eliminating Waste and Improving Efficiency

For over 100 years, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) has provided the men and women of the Navy and Marine Corps with the highest quality products and services in the most efficient manner possible. One of the state of the art management systems that makes this possible is the “Lean” process which focuses its attention on eliminating waste and error. FRCSW began the command’s most recent “Lean” process by integrating pre-expendable bins (PEB). Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Legg, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Industrial Supply Officer, in collaboration with the other PEB managers, played a pivotal role in the improvement of PEB inventory.

Sept. 26, 2022

FRCSW Navy’s Sole Maintainer of Rotodome Radar

A primary tool of the Hawkeye’s defensive posture is the rotodome radar system, maintained by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW).