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News | July 8, 2021

FRCSW Alignment Fixtures Support Super Hornet Repairs

As Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) wraps up its last six F/A-18 legacy Hornet fighters to undergo the Navy’s Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) program, the command’s artisans and staff will likely increase their maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on the larger, more advanced Super Hornet.
One of the MRO tools used by FRCSW in servicing the Super Hornet are the alignment fixtures housed in Building 378 which will be used for major structural and in-service repairs (ISR).
Costing approximately $4 million each and measuring more than 55 feet in length and about 28 feet wide, the alignment fixtures are applicable to all F/A-18 E-F models and the EA-18G Growler airframe.

“This was a complete new design as we used some lessons learned from the CBR fixtures,” aerospace engineer Derrick Pettit said. “The function of the two are completely different. The CBR+ fixture has one purpose only and that is to replace the CB on the F/A-18 A-D aircraft, while the purpose of the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G major structural repair fixture is designed to separate the aircraft at all the Factory assembly modules.”

Unlike the legacy Hornet, the Super Hornet does not have a center barrel. The airframe is of a segmented structure made of more composites.

The fixtures will split or remove and replace the following sections of the fuselage: the forward fuselage and the forward center fuselage; the center fuselage (CB) and aft center fuselage; the aft fuselage; the left and right forward leading edge extensions; the left and right middle leading edge extensions and the left and right inlet nacelles.

Made of steel and aluminum, the first fixture was built in 2015 by Votaw Industries and used to establish break down procedures of the segmented aircraft and conduct major repairs. A second fixture was built in 2019.

“The fixture’s next two aircraft will be RW03 and RW04. Both have heat damage to the Inlets and side skins. Both aircraft need to have the Inlets removed and the large skins under the inlet removed and replaced as well as some skins on the inlet itself,” Pettit said.

FRCSW is the only naval facility equipped with the Super Hornet alignment fixtures.

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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.

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

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

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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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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).