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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast marks one year, 100th repair for F-35 targeting system program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2018) Members of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast avionics program that repairs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Electro-Optical Targeting System stand behind one of the units after celebrating one year in operation. Lockheed’s depot site manager Joe Avery is standing, far right. (U.S. Navy photo by Clifford Davis/Released)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2018) Members of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast avionics program that repairs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Electro-Optical Targeting System stand behind one of the units after celebrating one year in operation. Lockheed’s depot site manager Joe Avery is standing, far right. (U.S. Navy photo by Clifford Davis/Released)

Sep 10, 2018

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2018) Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisans celebrated the 100th repair and one-year mark of their successful program repairing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Electro-Optical Targeting System with a cake. (U.S. Navy photo by Clifford Davis/Released)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2018) Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisans celebrated the 100th repair and one-year mark of their successful program ...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast were a little late celebrating their 100th repair of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s Electro-Optical Targeting System on Sept. 5 – they’re actually on 118.

After extensive training, the Navy command’s EOTS program’s official launch came on August 30, 2017, in an effort to free Lockheed Martin’s production facility from repair work, to focus on building new units.

“Repairs are no longer clogging up the production line,” Lockheed Martin technical liaison Joe Avery said. “They’ve been able to get more new EOTS out to sustain more aircraft and get more aircraft to the fleet.”

According to FRCSE shop supervisor Rick Knowles, the program has succeeded in large part because of the skill and hard work of the artisans.

“These artisans, you couldn’t ask for a better group of people,” Knowles said. “They’re professional, dedicated, proud of what they do and they have a very good work ethic.”

Looking forward, the work is only expected to increase.

“The workload will be increasing on all sides of the house,” Knowles said. “But with the Lockheed representatives we have onsite, material support and the artisans we have, we’ll accommodate future expansion.”

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<p>ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 3, 2011) An F-35B Lightning II conducts initial sea trials over the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35B is the Marine Corps Joint Strike Force variant of the Joint Strike Fighter and is designed for short takeoff and vertical landing on Navy amphibious ships. The aircraft is operating with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). ( photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)</p>

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