New Aircraft Maintenance Center at Naval Station Norfolk


The goal is to achieve and maintain aircraft readiness goals and increase “mission readiness” rates.

NORFOLK, Va. — The United States Navy is working hard to improve its mission-capable aircraft rates.

On Monday, officials cut the ribbon for a new, state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance operations center at Naval Station Norfolk. The “MOC” is located in an old 1970’s hangar near the flight line of Naval Station Norfolk’s Chambers Field.

The renovation was completed in just 18 months and it was much needed.

A 2020 Government Accountability Office report found that Navy fixed-wing aircraft have spent more than 62,000 days longer in maintenance than expected since fiscal year 2014.

The GAO concluded, “Without addressing these challenges, the Navy will likely continue to experience maintenance backlogs that reduce the time aircraft are available for operations and training.”

The new MOC “Naval Sustainment System-Aviation” will go a long way to solving the problem by providing centralized, daily and real-time information on the supply, maintenance and engineering needs of each aircraft in the fleet, using the commercial airline model. to monitor, predict and repair problems before they occur and hopefully anticipate supply chain disruptions.

Naval Air Force Atlantic Commander Rear Admiral John Meier said the change is “game changing” and is already paying dividends.

“The results are really, really hard to discuss,” he said. “We started this journey, we were averaging around 230 mission-capable F/A-18s every day. And today, over the last month, we’ve averaged 360. That’s just an improvement. amazing.”

In addition to Super Hornets, the center also monitors all Navy and Marine Corps helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys, as well as all E2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft, P-3 patrol aircraft, carrier-borne C-2 Greyhound and EA/18 Growler electronic warfare aircraft.

Meier said the center will support the C-130s later this month.

“The intent is that we capture this process for all aircraft, and that’s Navy and Marine Corps and reserve aircraft. That’s the intent,” he said.

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