Navy Achieves 80 Percent Mission-Capable Goal for Aviation Fleet

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy has attained an 80 percent mission-capable rate for the service branch's aviation fleets of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The Naval Aviation Enterprise worked to implement the Naval Sustainment System-Aviation initiative that allowed the Navy to achieve this goal, the service branch said Tuesday.

James Mattis, former secretary of defense, directed the Navy to reach 80 percent last year when the service branch's MC rate was at about 50 percent. The NSS-A initiative builds on industry best practices that helped the Navy improve maintenance across aviation squadrons and fleet readiness centers.

Resulting reforms supported Navy aviation in the areas of engineering, policy, safety and supply chain management.

“This is the first year in some time that we have executed our allocation of flight hours completely,” said Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Forces, Atlantic.

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