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News | Aug. 20, 2020

FRCSW Maintains Wastewater Environmental Compliance

By Jim Markle

For the second consecutive year, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) passed the City of San Diego's Sewer Connection Inspection with no violations or discrepancies.

The city's Public Utilities Industrial Wastewater Control Program conducts inspections and issues sewer discharge permits for businesses and industries throughout its jurisdiction.

Because FRCSW is a tenant command, operating discharge permits are issued to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Naval Base Coronado (NBC).

The annual three-day inspection concluded August 13 after viewing 12 of FRCSW's facilities.

"The inspector has a list of every building on the base to look at including NBC and FRCSW. They try to see as many buildings as time permits," said Raymond Paulson, environmental engineer.

The city has the option to inspect all FRCSW and NBC facilities.

One of the areas inspected included the commands paint complex (Buildings 464, 465, 467, and 468) where a new wash rack is scheduled for completion in November 2023 on the north side of Buildings 464 and 465. 

Of note was that the existing and new wash rack requires a water diversion valve to limit rainwater to industrial water pretreatment and sewer.

At the test line, a new Oil Water Separator (OWS) system will be completed in December to replace the existing system, which is more than 20 years old. The OWS diverts 99 percent of rainwater to the bay.

Paulson said that the new system will be Professional Engineer (PE) certified to satisfy the environmental compliance requirements, and the replacement cost is approximately $300,000.

In Building 250, new X-ray equipment is slated for operational use in the command's non-destructive inspection (NDI) program by the end of September or early October.

"During normal operations, there should be no waste generated," said environmental engineer Dustin Martinez. "If there is a defective part, then the technicians develop the x-ray to send with the part. At this point, the waste is the fixer and the developer solution."

FRCSW generates approximately 2.1 million gallons of industrial wastewater annually.

Editors note: The command would like to recognize environmental engineers Larry Lai, Mike Volpe, Raymond Buckman, John Gagne, Dustin Martinez and Raymond Paulson for their work during the city's wastewater inspection.

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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

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.

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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).