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Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
Active 1919 - Present
Branch US Navy
Commanding Officer CAPT Anthony Jaramillo
Ceremonial chief CAPT Steve Lehee
Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Joel Rodriguez

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is an American Naval Aviation repair and maintenance facility on board NAS North Island.


FRCSW was established in 1919 on NAS North Island CA. Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is the first aviation maintenance and repair facility established in the DoD making the command the birthplace of naval aviation maintenance. It is one of six main Fleet Readiness Centers in the US Navy. FRCSW provides support to Navy and Marine Corps tactical, logistical and rotary wing aircraft and their components. FRCSW maintains field sites at Point Mugu, Camp Pendleton, and MCAS Miramar. MCAS Yuma, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, NAS Whidbey Island as well as in Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan.[1]


"We generate readiness through timely and responsive production of engines, aircraft, and components for the warfighter."


FRCSW employed 4,650 people, of which 877 were military.[2]


FRCSW is the only Navy facility performing overhaul on General Electric LM2500 Marine Gas Turbine engines; these engines power a large number of the Navy’s surface fleet, including Spruance-Class, Aegis-Class, and Burke-Class surface warfare ships. FRCSW repairs and maintains the steam powered catapults, arresting gear systems and landing guidance systems on board Navy aircraft carriers thus assuring the safe take off and landing of military personnel and aircraft.[3] FRCSW also has 3 3-D Printers capable of printing a variety of aircraft components such as aircraft tailhooks and various covers to covers cracks found on F-18s.[4]

Past Commanders[]

  • Captain Anthony Jaramillo (March 2018 – Present)
  • Captain Craig Owen (August 2016 - March 2018)
  • Captain Timothy H. Pfannenstein (August 2014 - August 2016)
  • Captain Donald B. Simmons, III (April 2013 - August 2014)
  • Captain John C. Smajdek (August 2011 - April 2013)
  • Captain N. F. Melnick (August 2009 - August 2011)
  • Captain Michael A. Kelly (January 2008 - August 2009)

See also[]


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