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NEWS | July 3, 2019

Supporting the Navy’s Readiness Mission: Naval Air Systems Commander Visits Corona Warfare Center

NSWC Corona

Vice Adm. Dean Peters, commander of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), visited Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona to get a firsthand look into the command’s leading role in independent assessment, data analytics, measurement science and Live, Virtual, Constructive training.

The visit marked Peters’ first time to the warfare center since taking the helm of the Naval Air Systems Command in May 2018. His visit follows multiple recent flag officer visits that have showcased NWSC Corona’s role in revolutionizing Navy readiness, assisting the fleet to operate in an ever-changing global strategic environment.

“The key here at Corona is the readiness aspect,” Peters said, addressing the workforce at NSWC, “that is our greatest assurance of peace. We’re counting on our people to provide that and that’s what you all bring to the fight – your intelligence and innovative ideas.”

Peters witnessed demonstrations of how NWSC Corona is helping to speed decisions to increase readiness and lethality for the Navy.  Corona’s use of performance and readiness assessment, metrology and calibration, and range systems engineering capability, all have ties to NAVAIR’s current strategic initiatives and future demand. Many activities directly support NAVAIR’s acquisition projects, including the Presidential Helicopters Program Office, which Peters commanded from August 2011 to July 2014.


Peters also received an overview of Corona’s data analytics projects, including the Material Readiness Database (MRDB). The MRDB was established in 1988 and is the authoritative data source for ship and submarine readiness metrics, providing real-time readiness assessment. With exponential growth in the last decade, the Navy has added more ship and submarine systems to MRDB each year, nearing 500 systems today.

“Corona’s data analytics capability allows the Navy to dive deeper into supporting fleet assets, using that information for predictive maintenance,” said Capt. Richard Braunbeck, commanding officer of NSWC Corona.

From calibration that ensures weapon systems operate safely, to accurately assessing the performance of missile defense, to determining the preparedness of crews in training, Corona provides a breadth of support for the Navy’s programs and assets.

“We are one team,” said Braunbeck. “Our role in supporting NAVAIR calibration aligns with our commitment to increasing the Navy’s agility and readiness through data-driven decisions, and supporting weapons and systems throughout their entire lifecycle.”

“We value the partnership between the Naval Air Systems Command and Corona,” Peters added. “Your work is going to get us to the next level and help us on our journey to more digital and data analytics.”

About Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona

Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona, headquartered in Norco, California, is the Navy's premier independent analysis and assessment agent, enabling warfighters to train, fight and win. The center analyzes warfare and missile defense systems, provides systems engineering for Live Virtual Constructive training ranges, and advises and administratively manages measurement and calibration standards for the Navy and Marine Corps. Capt. Richard Braunbeck commands the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity with a workforce of more than 3,500 scientists, engineers, contractors and support staff.