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History of CCAD

CCAD in 1961In the early 1940s, the area which is now the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was developed to train Navy aviators to fly seaplanes and carrier-based aircraft. In addition, they operated an aircraft overhaul and repair facility until June 30, 1959.

The facility sat idle for nearly two years until the Army took possession of the large hangars and other buildings located on a 15-acre tract. The Army Aeronautical Depot Maintenance Center (ARADMAC) began operations on April 21, 1961. ARADMAC was tasked with helicopter repair and maintenance for three engines and four airframes. The first Huey UH-1 helicopter was overhauled in 1962 and by 1968, the facility was in full operation, providing repair and overhaul services to approximately 400 helicopters.

During the mid-sixties, a Navy seaplane tender ship was recommissioned by the Army as the Army’s first floating helicopter maintenance facility and named the USNS Corpus Christi Bay. It operated in Southeast Asian waters during the Vietnam War and was manned by ARADMAC personnel. It was deactivated in 1975.

In 1974, the name was changed to Corpus Christi Army Depot, employing more than 3,200 civilian employees and serving the growing Army inventory of helicopters. It currently provides helicopter maintenance, repair, recapitalization, and overhaul capability to all the U.S. military services, as well as several foreign governments.

Collage of CCAD TodayToday, CCAD occupies facilities valued at over $746 million on approximately 154 acres on the Naval Air Station.
CCAD employees have served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and are currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In June 1993, CCAD assumed work on Navy SH-60B Seahawk, Marine AH-1 Super Cobra, and Air Force MH-60 Pavehawk helicopters. Work is also done on the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps UH-1N helicopters.

In September 2000, CCAD entered into its first private industry partnership with General Electric Aircraft Engines to provide technical, engineering, logistical and parts support for the T700 engine line. Since then, CCAD has formed three more partnerships with Boeing Company, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Honeywell International.

CCAD received its ISO9001:2000 certification in November 2005 and has since upgraded its certification to Aero Space (AS)9110. By doing so, CCAD has secured its future within the Department of Defense.

Mission statement

  • Return rotary wing aircraft and components to the Department of Defense and other government organizations with uncompromising quality, at the lowest possible cost, in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Safeguard the workforce. Integrate safety and risk mitigation into every aspect of depot operations.
  • Support the Army’s accident investigation processes worldwide with materials expertise and laboratory analysis.
  • Assess, evaluate and repair forward-deployed aircraft and components worldwide. Provide on-site depot capacity to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker.
  • Support Active, Reserve and National Guard aviation maintenance skill development with hands-on training at the depot.


  • Provide our Nation the best value solution for modification, repair and overhaul of rotary wing components and aircraft; posture the depot to meet our Nation’s future requirements in peacetime and at war.


  • Customers satisfied - demands met on time - carryover goal met. Zero accident related loss of life, limb or eyesight with all OSHA safety goals met. Depot is right sized and right skilled to meet customer demands.


Last updated on: 02-Sep-2020