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News | June 4, 2019

FRCSW H-60 Program to Represent Navy in SECDEF Mason Award

By Jim Markle

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest's (FRCSW) H-60 Sea Hawk helicopter program earned the Chief of Naval Operations nomination to represent the Navy in the 2019 Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence. The announcement was made via naval message on May 29.

The FRCSW H-60 program in Building 325 applies the Integrated Maintenance Program (IMP) to assess and ensure the structural integrity of the MH-R and MH-S models of the H-60 airframe. Under the IMP, aircraft undergo a Planned Maintenance Interval-One (PMI-1) or 2 cycle.

During fiscal year (FY) 2018, the 147 members of the H-60 program completed 56 PMIs at a rate exceeding $4,200 below the workload standard total unit cost per aircraft. Further, the program marked an on-time delivery rate of 83 percent. Artisans completed PMI-1 and 2 actions while simultaneously completing more than 23,000 hours of in-service repairs (repairs outside of the IMP), and over 21,000 hours of modifications to nine aircraft for FY 18.

Program success may be attributed to the cell-based structure of the PMI and repair process. Each cell is dedicated to a specific function within the process that includes induction, disassembly, evaluation, repair, modification, assembly, test and final sell.

Using Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) methods, the teammates factored the time spent in each PMI cell and buffer to mitigate delays, and created a Hospital Spot for aircraft awaiting components or engineering analysis in FY18. The move resulted in a zero backlog of aircraft transitioning to the next cell, and improved on-time delivery by 10 percent in one year.

In addition to the depot-level Mason Award, the annual SECDEF Maintenance Awards also recognize six winners to the best of the best DOD field-level maintenance units within three DOD categories: large, medium and small. A SECDEF selection board will select the winners who will be honored in December during a ceremony scheduled in Spokane, Wash.

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

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May 15, 2023

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

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April 27, 2023

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

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April 18, 2023

FRCSW Sailors Named 2023 Sailor of the Year

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April 6, 2023

FRCSW Ally Support Strengthens Royal Australian Air Force

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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.

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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).