Ground Breaking Launches New FRCSW Paint Facility
To adjust to an increasing workload to meet the needs of the fleet, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) held a ground breaking ceremony August 3 to mark the construction of its new painting facility (P1022 site).
P1022 will augment the command’s existing facility, and is located south of Buildings 467 and 468. Completion is scheduled for March 2024.
Rica Green, FRCSW shore planner, said that the new paint complex will enable the command to maintain its painting turn-around time (TAT) while accommodating a growing E-2D Hawkeye workload, MV-22 Osprey and CMV-22 variant workload, as well as the growth in the F/A-18 Hornet legacy programs and the H-60 Sea Hawk helicopter PMI-1 Cor-Ban preservative applications.
Further, the facility will support low observable applications to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“All PMI (Planned Maintenance Interval) and special rework aircraft must pass through our paint facility before leaving here,” said FRCSW Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Leehe during his remarks at the ceremony. “Without a new hangar, our current projected aircraft facilities would be at 600 percent capacity by FY 24.”
Guest speaker Rep. Scott Peters followed Capt. Leehe and spoke of FRCSW’s role within the nation’s defensive capabilities and the future impact of the new paint facility.
“This command keeps America’s pilots and crews flying missions safely around the globe -- we count on you as a critical component to national security,” he said. “The final step for any new aircraft delivery is a quality paint job. This new facility will complete aircraft delivery to squadrons the most efficient way, maximizing production and improving military readiness. Military readiness benefits our community at large and supports our continued way of life.”
Costing approximately $62 million, the new paint complex will contain a 35,000-square-foot finish paint facility and an 18,000 square-foot corrosion control facility. Components painting will continue at its present location in Building 472.
The complex will also feature enhanced environmental controls and appropriate industrial hygiene facilities.
RQ Construction, which built the command’s 100,000 square-foot H-60 helicopter maintenance facility (Building 325) in 2016, will also build the painting complex.
Ninety to 100 aircraft are processed through FRCSW’s painting facility yearly.