PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland– Major General Gregory Masiello, Program Manager for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assaults and Special Mission Programs (PEO (A)), gave a brief overview of the important portfolio he oversees for begin the second day of speaker presentations on behalf of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at the Sea-Air-Space 2021 exhibit on August 3.
PEO (A) provides the capability and capability of the fleet, supporting the development and sustainment of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters, special mission aircraft, and anti-submarine warfare equipment and aircraft .
Besides the P-8 Poseidon and its role in anti-submarine warfare, Masiello said the H-60 program has generated a lot of interest from overseas customers, including a close partnership with Australia. He said the H-60 helicopters not only represent one of the largest quantities of aircraft in the Navy’s fleet, but also have the “toughest” foreign military commercial customers, he added. three additional countries in the past year.
One of the Navy’s newest aircraft, the CMV-22B Osprey, will soon be deployed aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for the first time as part of the Integrated Transport Group, with the goal that the Osprey replaces the C-2 Greyhound, he said.
“This is a new and expanded capability that will be deployed as a [carrier onboard delivery] replacement, but since most of us have seen this platform play different roles, I think over time we will see the Navy expand the usefulness of this aircraft, ”Masiello said.
However, despite all the new capabilities and planes being designed and deployed, Masiello stressed that the ability to maintain the aircraft – and the maintenance managers who perform those tasks – cannot be taken for granted.
“No matter what we put down there is a sailor or a marine who has to keep it in a relatively austere environment on a ship’s pitch deck,” he said. “And if you look at what we ask our sailors or our marines to do forward, that’s what we need out of the equipment: that it be almost as tough as them and, frankly. , less demanding. “
The full presentation of Masiello can be viewedhere.
Commander, Fleet Readiness Center Updates
Rear Adm. Joseph Hornbuckle, Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC), and COMFRC Executive Director Roy Harris provided an overview of the FRC and their role in maintaining the fleet as well as the recent review of the FRC as part of the Naval Sustainment System-Aviation (NSS -UNE).
Over the past few years, FRCs have undergone a restructuring of everything from rationalization of equipment and repair times to supply chain adjustments, realigned cost estimates, and more.
The next step in the streamlining of the FRC output is the Fleet Readiness Center (FIOP) infrastructure optimization plan.
“It is designed to reset the most critical aircraft maintenance facilities and equipment,” said Hornbuckle. … The intended outcome of the FIOP is to revitalize the aviation infrastructure to include multi-purpose sustainment facilities, with the most sufficient power and safety available and to optimize the supporting maintenance production configurations. of this system of sustaining not only our existing platforms but our future platforms for decades to come.
Hornbuckle said FIOP is currently providing comprehensive assessments of aging facilities and equipment infrastructure, “and will result in a business strategy and master plan.”
The full presentation can be viewedhere.
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
From a remote location, Captain Dan Covelli, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), gave a detailed history of the division. He focused on the importance of its location in Orlando, Florida, including its location near a vibrant tech and entertainment / gaming industry, as well as over half a million students who help provide a talent pool to order. He also explained that the awareness programs of the NAWCTSD allow the command to provide more than 1,500 training systems and services around the world.
The full presentation of Covelli can be viewedhere.
Airborne Command and Control Systems Program Office E-2 / C-2
Focusing on the transition from an old platform to a new command and control platform, Captain Pete Arrobio, E-2 / C-2 Airborne Command & Control Systems Program Manager, spoke about challenges that the program office is overcoming to continue to maintain the three platforms it supports – the E-2D / C and the C-2A – as the last two platforms approach sunset over the next two years.
Arrobio said the top priorities for the program office are the deployment and maintenance of 22 fully mission capable (MC) E-2Ds and 28 MC E-2Ds, and they seek to achieve this in the same way as the FRC: through the NSS-A approach of reforms.
“It has been an amazing journey, especially with our industry teammates, to reduce repair times, get supplies delivered earlier and really help the fleet maintain this platform and make improvements along the way. . “
The E-2D and E-2C are currently receiving communications system capability upgrades, with one of the most significant recent upgrades being in-flight refueling capabilities with E-2D.
The complete presentation of Arrobio can be viewed here.