Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Hosts Annual Meeting for SERDP & ESTCP Weapons Systems & Platforms Program Area

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The Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) is one of eight fleet readiness centers commissioned by the U.S. Navy and only one of three depots performing in-depth maintenance, repair, modifications and overhaul for assigned aircraft platforms, engines, weapons, systems, components and accessories.

The FRCSE is the largest out of 18-tenant commands on Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, employing federal civilians, military members, contractors, and Sailors across the site, serving phased and planned maintenance and repairs, modernization, and other integrated maintenance activities on P-3C Orion, F/A-18 Hornet, T-6/T34/T-44 Trainers and SH-60 helicopters. Artisans and skilled manufacturers fabricate a wide variety of the parts and components, needed to support service life extension for military aircraft with high flight hour requirements, utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques to refurbish aircraft, engine components, and metallic parts.

Their Crinkley Engine Facility is the Navy’s largest engine repair facility, leveraging state-of-the-art technology to provide complete overhaul capabilities for most repairable engine components, assemblies and accessories. The FRCSE repairs components at the intermediate and depot-level facilities in support of structural, mechanical, avionics and engine component programs.

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Figure 2. Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet, left, and three F/A-18 Super Hornets. (U.S. Navy photo by Clifford Davis/Released)

The FRCSE was selected to host the 2019 SERDP & ESTCP Weapons Systems & Platforms Technical Committee for the annual meeting due to their continued investment in both basic research and demonstration of environmental technologies.  Links below provide more information about specific efforts at FRCSE. 

  • Electrodeposition of Nanocrystalline Co-P Coatings as a Hard Chrome Alternative ( Project Web Page)
  • Comprehensive Evaluation and Transition of Non-chromated Paint Primers ( Project Web Page)
  • Qualification, Demonstration, & Validation of Non-Hazardous Solvent to Clean Composite Aircraft Components ( Project Web Page)
  • Demonstration and Validation of Siloxane-Based Aircraft Topcoats that are Isocyanate-Free and Provide a Reduced Environmental Impact ( Project Web Page)
  • Qualification Testing of Electroformed Nanostructured Cobalt-Alloy Bushings ( Project Web Page)

The meeting provided an opportunity for technical experts from across the Services, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to mature research strategies that enhance and sustain the DoD commitment to increasing sustainability of its weapons systems, and minimizing environmental impact while maintaining performance. 

 

  • Review ongoing SERDP and ESTCP research efforts
  • Determine potential risks to readiness and weapon system availability
  • Advance research agenda and strategy into future years
  • Discuss transition of environmental technologies
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Figure 3. A freshly overhauled Blue Angels F/A-18 positioned outside the hangar at FRCSE (U.S. Navy photo by Yaritza Miranda/Released)

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