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Fleet Readiness Center East
During its more than six decades of operation, Fleet Readiness Center East has provided maintenance, repair, and overhaul support to virtually every weapons platform the Marine Corps has flown – platforms ranging from the inverted gull-winged F4U Corsair of World War II fame, to the Corps newest tilt-rotor aircraft. Emerging workload includes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the UH-1Y Venom, and the AH-1Z Viper.
The command is one of eight fleet readiness centers operated by the United States Navy, and the only fleet readiness center commanded by Marines. A tenant command aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point since 1943, it is also the Department of Defense Vertical Lift Center of Excellence. Its customers include 200 Navy and Marine Corps activities, 31 foreign nations, five U.S. Air Force activities, three U.S. Army activities and two federal agencies.
FRC East performs phased depot maintenance, planned maintenance intervals, integrated maintenance concepts, modernizations, conversions, overhaul or in-service repair on the AV- and TAV-8B Harriers; the V-22 Osprey; the AH-1W Cobra; the UH-1N Huey; the CH-53D Sea Stallion, CH-53E Super Stallion, and MH-53E Minesweeper; the H-2 Sea Sprite; the H-3 Sea King; the H-60 Seahawk; the EA-6B Prowler; and the C-130 Hercules. The center is also the depot repair point for the drive and rotary systems of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8B Fire Scout.
FRC East’s Power Plant Division overhauls, assembles and tests a number of aircraft engines including the F402 (AV- and TAV-8B), the T400 (AH-1W and UH-1N), the T58 (CH-46 Sea Knight and SH-3 Sea King), and the T64 (CH-53D Sea Stallion, CH-53E Super Stallion, and MH-53E Minesweeper). The center also maintains the engines used to power the VH-3 presidential-executive helicopters.
The command repairs and rebuilds more than 18,246 types of avionics and dynamic components in support of more than 178 type/model/series of aircraft, and is the only Navy facility able to perform depot-level maintenance on the auxiliary power unit and gas turbine compressor engines on the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8, V-22, S-3, E-2 Hawkeye, C-2 Greyhound, KC-135 Stratotanker, H-46, H-53, H-47 Chinook, and H-60. The command also repairs the APUs on the presidential H-3 and H-60 aircraft, and performs APU and GTC repairs for a number of allied militaries.
The depot hosts the Naval Engine Airfoil Center which has capability to fully repair 106 types of blade and vane airfoil found on 12 engine platforms, and has partial repair capability on more than 590 blades, vanes, and components found on 27 aircraft and engine platforms. It is the preferred repair source for all Navy organic rotor blades, and is also equipped with advanced composite and plating facilities.
As DoD’s Vertical Lift Center of Excellence, FRC East is tasked with advancing the state of DoD vertical lift maintenance, repair and overhaul technologies through research, education, training, and technology transfer. It accomplishes this mission through partnerships with government, industry and academic institutions.
FRC East’s artisans and engineers are on worldwide call to meet the immediate needs of fleet units. Services they provide include emergency field team repairs, field team modifications, fleet training, customer service and engineering support. When needed, these field teams can deploy quickly to almost anywhere. In one year’s time, for example, FRC East sent more than 500 field teams to eight countries, 19 states and 11 ships.
With a workforce of about 3,600 military, civilian, and contractor employees, and an annual payroll in excess of $277 million, FRC East is North Carolina’s largest industrial employer east of Interstate 95. The average age of its workforce is 46, and many members of the workforce belong to the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, and the National Association of Aeronautical Examiners unions.