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MAE Members of AIAA and ASME visit Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, FL

Students from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) visited the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) this past week. Formerly known as the Naval Air Rework Facility, the FRCSE is located in Jacksonville, FL, and is tasked with repairing and maintaining various weapon systems owned by the US Navy. Students were welcomed to the facility by several UF MAE alumni who currently work at FRSCE. Employees of the FRCSE lead members of AIAA and ASME on a tour through their  advanced strike fighter rework production line, patrol and trainer aircraft production areas, machine shop manufacturing area, and the jet engine rework building. The employees, personnel, and contractors who work at the FRCSE have the skills and expertise needed to maintain, repair, and modify fifteen different US Navy aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet Strike and P-3 Fighter aircraft. Members of ASME and AIAA stated that the tour helped them understand the large role that engineering plays in the US Navy.