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NATEC Detachment West

NATEC Detachment West

Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command (NATEC) Detachment West is one of eight major detachments of NATEC San Diego. NATEC is responsible for providing direct support to all commands under the operational cognizance of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific (CSFWP), Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) West and Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore.

NATEC traces its history back to the autumn of 1942, less than a year after Pearl Harbor, as the Airborne Coordinating Group (ACG). The ACG was established to alleviate the critical shortage of highly skilled technicians caused by the rapid production of new equipment and electronic devices.

Since then, the organization has gone through several transformations, including a couple of name changes. Those in the aviation community probably remember this organization by its previous name — the Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit (NAESU).

In 1998, NAESU relocated to San Diego and merged with Naval Air Technical Services Facility to form a new organization called the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Services Command.

NATEC’s mission is to increase combat effectiveness by providing cost-effective engineering technical services (ETS) and technical data to the naval aviation community. It is our vision to be the provider of choice for state-of-the-art technical data products and the preferred acquisition agent for ETS in support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE). As a result of this merger, the scope of NATEC’s service responsibilities and functions has expanded immensely.

In order to respond rapidly to fleet requirements, NATEC entails a cadre of experts called Navy engineering technical specialists (NETS). NETS provide that technical assistance and training to fleet maintenance personnel. They support literally all naval aviation aircraft and support equipment currently used by the fleet. NETS have taken on the role of mentor as they interact directly with the fleet maintenance technicians on a daily basis, passing on knowledge and taking over where the Navy’s formal training leaves off. Today, NATEC is the world leader in supplying engineering technical services to naval aviation activities.


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