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Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East
MCAS Cherry Point
Havelock, NC

(252) 464-7999

The Vertical Lift Center of Excellence, Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East is one of six naval aviation maintenance operations. Combining the skills of depot- and intermediate-level military and civilian personnel from five surrounding counties, the Center provides depot-level maintenance to the Marine Corps' entire inventory of rotary-wing aircraft. FRC-East is North Carolina's largest industrial employer east of Interstate 95, employing about 3,700, mostly civilian, personnel.

Established in 1943 as the Assembly and Repair Department, the facility has gone through several name changes reflecting extensive modernization and expansion. Last known as Naval Air Depot (NADEP) Cherry Point, FRC East today is one of the Navy's finest aeronautical maintenance, engineering and logistics support facilities. The center refurbishes helicopters such as the H-46 Sea Knight, H-53 (Super Stallion/Sea Dragon), AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey. It is also the only depot-level repair point for the Marine Corps' unique vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) AV-8B Harrier. On the FRC East website in June of this year, the publication Airwaves made available cutting edge videos of the naval testing of algae biofuel mixture in a MH-60 Seahawk.

The center has extensive facilities to test and repair a number of different engine types, including the T58-400, used in the VH-3 presidential-executive helicopters, and provides worldwide emergency repair and field modification teams to provide repair to aircraft unable to return to the center. At a moment's notice, these field teams can be sent to any location around the world during times of war and peace.


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