Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
To be the provider of choice for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities and services.
To produce quality airframes, engines, components and support equipment, and provide service that meet the Naval Aviation Enterprise's aircraft ready-for-tasking goals with improved effectiveness and efficiency.
Who We Are
We are the men and women of COMFRC - the Navy's shore-based off-aircraft and depot level aviation maintenance providers. We supply the skills, processes and facilities needed to accomplish the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aviation assets to keep the NAE ready to train, fight and win. Our 16,000 military, civilian and contractor aviation maintenance professionals deliver safe and effective airborne platforms and ground equipment to the Sailors and Marines who defend our national interests around the globe.
Why We Exist
Our mission is to produce quality airframes, engines, components and support equipment, and provide services that meet NAE's goals. COMFRC directly supports the mission of the U.S. Navy - to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. In accordance with our values of Honor, Courage and Commitment, we keep our promises to our customers, remain resolute in the face of complex challenges and relentlessly pursue mission accomplishment.
Rear Adm. Paul Sohl - Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
Mr. Dennis J. West - Deputy Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
Capt. Michael Zarkowski - Vice Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
Command Master Chief (AW/SW) William K. Lloyd-Owen - Command Master Chief, Fleet Readiness Centers
Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers
47038 McLeod Rd., Bldg 448
Patuxent River, MD 20670
- Main phone number: 301-757-0095
- Command Duty Officer (CDO): 301-904-0207
- COMFRC Public Affairs: 301-757-7178 or 301-342-7366
Located Around the Globe
The Navy’s eight Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs), with locations on the U.S. east and west coasts and in Japan, conduct maintenance, repair, and overhaul of U.S. Navy aircraft, engines,components and support equipment. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure directive required the Navy to disestablish three Naval Aviation Depots and 18 stateside Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments and establish six Fleet Readiness Centers. The Navy added two more centers and established Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers.
Each year roughly 6,500 Sailors and Marines, along with more than 9,500 depot artisans at the FRCs overhaul and repair nearly 1,000 aircraft, thousands of engines and several hundred thousand components valued at approximately $4 billion.
The eight Fleet Readiness Centers are:
- FRC Northwest at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
- FRC West at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
- FRC Southwest at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
- FRC Southeast at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
- FRC East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
- FRC Mid-Atlantic at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
- FRC WestPac, at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan
- FRC Aviation Support Equipment at Solomons Island, Md.
Establishment of the FRCs is undoubtedly one of the most significant changes in Naval Aviation maintenance history. The FRCs move maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities as close to the flight line as possible for greater efficiency, agility and speed. They provide more responsive and agile “off-flight line” repair capability by improving standardization and the ability to replicate best practices across Centers.
FRCs impact more than just the military community; they operate closely with our civilian communities and local commercial businesses. FRCs also indirectly account for many non-military jobs and industry in the areas where they are located.
The foundation of COMFRC is its people, whose technical, business and leadership excellence sustain the levels of Current Readiness our Sailors and Marines need today and deliver the future capability they will need tomorrow. In partnership with industry, COMFRC manages this important responsibility using both organic and partnered industrial capabilities that are fine-tuned to meet the diverse challenges of the 21st Century. Process improvement and leadership development are tenents of COMFRC Workforce Strategy to support the effective management and application of command resoruces.
The three Depot-level FRCs are especially beneficial to the communities where they are located.
- FRC East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is North Carolina's largest industrial employer east of I-95.
- FRC Southeast at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., is the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia.
- FRC Southwest at NAS North Island, Calif., is the largest aerospace employer in San Diego County.
FRCs often work closely with contractors and industry partners to help repair aircraft and components. They also employ manufacturers when in search of new technologies, parts and methods. These result in close contact between the FRCs and the community outside of the base because of the jobs they create and salaries they provide.
COMFRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/COMFRC
FRC Southeast Facebook: www.facebook.com/frcsejax
FRC Southwest: http://www.navair.navy.mil/frcsw
FRC East: http://www.navair.navy.mil/frce
FRC WestPac: http://www.navair.navy.mil/napra
FRC Northwest: http://www.frcnw.navy.mil
Rear Adm. Paul Sohl (114 kb)
Mr. Dennis West (124 kb)
Capt. Michael Zarkowski (338 kb)