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News | July 29, 2019

FRCSW Marks 100 Years of Naval Aviation MRO Excellence

By Jim Markle

The Birthplace of Naval Aviation Maintenance just got a little older.

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) celebrated 100 years of service to the fleet on board Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) July 26. From its initial founding in 1919 with the designation as an Overhaul and Repair Department, the first of its kind in DOD, to the engineering milestone of the 1991 initial Center Barrel procedure on F/A-18 A-D aircraft, FRCSW holds a tradition steep in innovation and history.

In commemoration, hundreds of FRCSW teammates gathered to enjoy live music, a car and art show, and an array of food offered by the command's diversity teams during the two-hour event.

Following the Color Guard and National Anthem guest speaker Rear Adm. Mike Zarkowski, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, kicked off the festivities by noting that FRCSW was the first FRC to undergo the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) model.

"The NSS is a series of initiatives designed to create a higher-performing organization to increase aircraft readiness. The positive manner with which you all have embraced the (NSS) changes has set the stage and provided the frame of reference for the other depots, as they have and will kick off NSS," Rear Adm. Zarkowski said.

Addressing the future, Zarkowski said that adaptability was one of the key requirements to ensure success.

"Our FRCs must continue to transform," he said. "We must seize initiative again and again. We must learn from our failures and advance on our successes. Do not be afraid to fail; from failures, we will build the skills and confidence to succeed later. FRCSW has proven that time and time again over the last 100 years."

FRCSW Commanding Officer Capt. Tony Jaramillo followed and spoke of the diversity within the command, and the advantages it brings.

"FRCSW is one of the most diverse groups of individuals you will ever find," Capt. Jaramillo said. "It's what makes us unique. There is a wide range of different skills, talents and backgrounds at this command and diversity is about leveraging these differences to give us added strength. It allows us to better utilize our individual talents, skills and knowledge collectively to achieve our mission.

He said that the command's successes, innovations and resiliency is attributable to those, past and present, who have worked here.

"The legacy of FRCSW is its people it is your hard work, your dedication and tenacity. Your desire to keep looking forward and embracing change will ensure this depot endures for another 100 years. We are not trying to be the next of anything," Jaramillo said. "We are first; the first aviation MRO, the first to establish aircraft repair stations, engine overhauls and the first training school for aviation maintenance. We will continue to be the first in many more endeavors. Our history is the Navy's future and your legacy."

Proclamations followed by Congressional Districts 49, 50, 52 and 53; the cities of San Diego, Coronado and Chula Vista; as well as the San Diego Port Commission and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The event concluded with a ceremonial cake cutting.      

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).