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Vice Adm. Dean Peters, commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), visited the Maintenance Operations Center (MOC) at Naval Air Force Atlantic, Jan. 28, to meet with specialists regarding goals and improvements moving forward on operational readiness for aircraft.
During the meeting, Peters asked questions and spurred dialogue focused around ways that the MOC’s efficacy of aircraft maintenance processes could increase. Topics of possible improvement included streamlined data analytics, more dedicated operational manning and an ever-increasing need to communicate.
“The MOC as a node now has every piece of data we need,” Peters said. “This is a lot further along than I realized.”
Key leaders and supervisors surrounding the MOC, such as Rear Adm. John Meier, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, and Capt. Bret Washburn, force maintenance officer, welcomed Peters’ thoughts, and assured him that the MOC continues to be a top priority for the Navy.
“Since the MOC has stood up, I see that it has been responsible for returning hundreds of aircraft to the flight line,” Peters said. “You all are directly responsible for that success story.”
The MOC is a collective that includes Navy supply, maintenance and engineering specialists, as well as private industry contractors partnering with the Navy. Together, they’ve been working to assess, improve and properly organize the efforts to keep mission-capable aircraft ready to fly wherever the Navy needs them.