|Naval Air Systems Command|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Role||Naval warfare, Naval Aviation|
|Headquarters||Naval Air Station Patuxent River |
Patuxent River, Maryland, U.S.
|Commander||Vice Admiral Carl P. Chebi, USN|
|Vice Commander||Leslie Taylor, SES|
|Deputy Commander||Theodore J. Short Jr., SES|
|Command Master Chief||CMDCM Todd A. Anselm, USN|
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) provides materiel support for aircraft and airborne weapon systems for the United States Navy. It is one of the Echelon II Navy systems commands (SYSCOM), and was established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy's Bureau of Naval Weapons.
NAVAIR is headquartered in Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland, with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas. The current commander as of September 2021 is Vice Admiral Carl P. Chebi, USN. The vice commander is Leslie Taylor, SES. The deputy commander is Mr. Theodore J. Short Jr., SES. The Command Master Chief is CMDCM Todd A. Anselm, USN.
NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering, acquisition, test and evaluation, training facilities and equipment, repair and modification, and in-service engineering and logistics support.
NAVAIR is organized into eight "competencies" or communities of practice namely: program management, contracts, research and engineering, test and evaluation, logistics and industrial operations, corporate operations, comptroller and counsel.
The competency alignment of the organization is changing to "mission alignment."
NAVAIR provides support (through people, processes, tools, training, mission facilities, and core technologies) to Naval Aviation Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and their assigned program managers, who are responsible for meeting the cost, schedule, and performance requirements of their assigned programs.
NAVAIR encompasses 6 headquarters groups that report directly to the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command:
NAVAIR is organized into 3 Echelon III commands:
NAWCWD is the center for Weapons Systems and Energetics Development and Testing. NAWCWD is located at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, CA and the Naval Air Station Point Mugu, CA.
Fleet Readiness Centers are support activities that provide shore-based and depot level maintenance and support to the Navy's aviation effort. They are under the direction of the office of Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC).
Below are the following Fleet Readiness Centers:
Main article: Naval Air Systems Command Program Executive Offices
The Naval Air Systems Command Program Executive Offices (PEOs) are organizations responsible for the prototyping, procurement, and fielding of naval air equipment. Their mission is to develop, acquire, field and sustain affordable and integrated state of the art equipment for the Navy.
The Naval Air Systems Command is organizationally aligned to the Chief of Naval Operations. As part of its mission, NAVAIR provides support, manpower, resources, and facilities to its aligned Program Executive Offices (PEOs). The Program Executive Offices are responsible for the execution of major defense acquisition programs. The PEOs are organizationally aligned to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN(RDA)). The Naval Aviation PEOs are co-located with the Naval Air Systems Command at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, and operate under NAVAIR policies and procedures.
There are five Naval Air Systems Program Executive Offices.
NAVAIR operations can also be subdivided into five product areas:
U.S. Armed Forces systems commands