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Cuts at Coronado repair facility could hurt readiness, Navy says

Workers at the Fleet Readiness Center at North Island Naval Air Station work on an M-60 Seahawk helicopter. Credit: U.S. NavyAs automatic cuts in the federal budget draw near, military officials are warning that reductions in maintenance of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft at a repair facility in Coronado could undermine combat readiness.

The Navy has already reduced its operations and maintenance budgets "to preserve overseas and forward-deployed readiness to the maximum extent possible," officials said.

But if the so-called sequestration takes place, reductions in flying hours and aircraft maintenance will be required at  North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado as well in Cherry Point, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.

The Coronado facility repairs, maintains and overhauls air-frames and components for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

A year's worth of sequestration could mean a reduction of 124 work assignments and 478,000 workhours, officials said.'

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Photo: Workers at the Fleet Readiness Center at North Island Naval Air Station work on an M-60 Seahawk helicopter. Credit: U.S. Navy

 
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