Commander, Fleet Readiness Center to focus on tools for fleet readiness on Feb. 2 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership
Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC) strive to deliver affordable aviation maintenance repair and overhaul products and services to the Navy, Marine Corps and joint forces.
Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers; Dennis West, Deputy Commander, FRC; Brig. Gen. Gregory Masiello, Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations (AIR 6.0); and Todd Balazs, AIR 6.0 Deputy Assistant Commander; will brief on "Key Enablers to Fleet Readiness" at The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) program, Feb. 2, 8:00 a.m., at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.
When Sohl became COMFRC, F/A-18 aircraft were nearly 50% out of reporting (OOR), meaning the fleet aircraft were undergoing maintenance, either planned or unplanned and not mission ready.
Several factors led to the high OOR percentage, however Sohl is focused on the collaborative efforts across the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) which continues to bring that number down and deliver the aircraft back to the fleet.
Things like additive manufacturing, cutting-edge technology using 3-D modeling to create prototypes that are "printed" from digital files; critical chain project management, a method of planning and managing projects that emphasizes the resources (people, equipment, physical space) required to execute project tasks; and the integrated logistics support management system (ILSMS) tool all work together toward the common goal of fleet readiness.
Sohl, West, Masiello and Balazs will deliver a panel presentation aimed at increasing awareness of the above mentioned tools to sustain naval aviation and increase readiness.
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