Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Vice Adm. Carl Chebi, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command[1]

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) was established in 1966 and is based in Patuxent River, MD with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations nationally with one site overseas.[2]

NAVAIR’s mission is to supply full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems. 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.[2]

NAVAIR has eight competencies: program management, contracts, research and engineering, test and evaluation, logistics and industrial operations, corporate operations, comptroller and counsel. NAVAIR supplies support such as people, processes, tools, training, mission facilities and core technologies, to Naval Aviation Program Executive Officers (PEOs) and relevant program managers who are tasked with meeting cost, schedule and performance requirements.[2]


NAVAIR PEOs include:

  • PEO Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Missions Programs, PEO(A)
  • PEO Aviation Common Systems and Commercial Services (CS)
  • PEO Tactical Aircraft Programs, PEO(T)
  • PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, PEO(U&W)
  • PEO F-35 Lightning II, PEO(F-35)[2]

NAVAIR Organization Chart

Source: NAVAIR, 2020 [3]

Updated by Kristin Stiner, November 2023