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NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Enhances Fleet Readiness, Saves Millions

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS140218-14
Release Date: 2/18/2014 4:04:00 PM

By Sarah Glinski, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Office of Corporate Communications

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) officials announced Feb. 18, that an initiative to modify spare F/A-18 Hornet windshield panels to fit F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers has received final approval to proceed.

The initiative, known as the F/A-18 Windshield Logistics Engineering Change Proposal (LECP), will save the Navy approximately $8 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

The savings will be obtained by converting and reusing Legacy Hornet C and D model windshield inventory into Super Hornet and Growler E/F/G windshield assemblies, thereby eliminating the need to buy brand new units to support the newer planes.

'Windshields are specialty items that take a long time to build. The tremendous engineers and logisticians involved in this initiative ran models projecting our declining Legacy needs against those of a growing population of Super Hornets, and they took action right away to not only improve readiness, but also to save costs,' said Cmdr. Matthew Ott, NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia Aviation Operations director. 'Their innovation speaks volumes to the type of good that LECPs can do for our Navy.'

'We're enhancing Fleet readiness, saving money, and using the talents across our Naval Aviation Enterprise at the same time,' Ott continued. 'It's a win-win situation, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the Fleet Readiness Centers implement another great LECP. LECPs offer industry, program management activities, and all associated with Naval Aviation a tool to make high return investments in reliability and help cut total ownership costs.'

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)'s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRC-SW) currently repairs both Legacy and Super Hornet windscreen assemblies. The first of the 75 windshield panels to be modified will be converted by FRC-SW in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Other organizations heavily involved with the initiative include NAVAIR Headquarters, Navy Spares Committee (SPARCOM), Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Code N98, and Boeing.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

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