In 2015, VRC-30 Detachment ONE successfully completed an unparalleled nine and a half month deployment that provided the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)/CVW-17/CSG-1 team with combat logistics support throughout the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets Area of Responsibilities, and supported FS CHARLES DE GUALLE (R91) for three months of joint carrier operations across the North Arabian Gulf. Missions were planned and executed into and out of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, and Guam. Throughout 2015, Detachment ONE successfully moved 5,581 passengers, 754 DVs, 116,100 pounds of mail, and 858,030 pounds of cargo, while executing 22 life-saving medical evacuations. The "Hustlers" of Detachment ONE were awarded the 2015 CVW-17 Golden Wrench Award for Maintenance Excellence for achieving a 96 percent sortie completion rate while operating at a high operational tempo. In theater, Detachment ONE received well above average marks during their mid-cruise Material Condition Inspection (MCI) to include several accolades for maintenance personnel. Over the course of deployment, the detachment executed an unprecedented swap of six pilots without interrupting or impeding operations. Detachment ONE closed the deployment with yet another successful MCI where each aircraft had a 50 percent reduction in maintenance discrepancies from the previous inspection, demonstrating Detachment ONE's commitment to maintenance professionalism. While returning to San Diego, Detachment ONE personnel operated forward logistics sites out of Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, Perth, Western Australia and Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Source: COMACCLOGWING VRC-30 WebSite)

(Modex/Side Number)
1996 11 MAY 1996 - 14 NOV 1996 USS CARL VINSON /CVN-70) NK CVW-14
1998 11 JUN 1998 - 11 DEC 1998 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)   (NK-27) / 162146 (NK-34) CVW-14 LCDR Doug "SNOOP" Carsten, LT K.E. Schaffler, LT P.I. Faucheux, LT K.S. Kinsella, LT S.C. Lippencott, LT M.D. Mulloy, LT L.P. Goncalves 
1999     162146 (NK-34)    
2002 20 JUL 2002 - 6 MAY 2003  USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) 162148 (NK 31) / 162165 (NK 30) WESTPAC  
2004   USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN- 162149 (NK 33) / (NK 36) CVW-14 LCDR Roderick M. "HOTROD" Hoyle (OIC 33), LT Gregory G Jonic, LT Mike Miller, LT Michale G "NEWT" Newton, LT Robert J Wackerman
2006   USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) 162140 (NK-34) / 162172 (NK-22)    
2011 2 FEB 2011- 9 SEP 2011 USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) 162163 (NK 26) / (NK 39) CVW-14
LCDR J Buckley
2014  22 AUG 2014 - 4 JUN 2015 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) 23 / 162175 (33) CSG-1 / CVW-2 LT Garvin "FLANDERS" Kurey, LT Ben "BEAN BAG" Ruth
2018     162140 (22) / 162173 (24)    


The "Hustlers" of Detachment ONE were awarded the 2015 CVW-17 Golden Wrench Award for Maintenance Excellence for achieving a 96 percent sortie completion rate while operating at a high operational tempo.

VRC-30 DET 1

AWF 2nd Class Muirhead lubricates the tailhook of a Grumman C-2A Greyhound, assigned to the Hustlers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-30 DET 1, in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo ID4338093 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Colemanberry)




 VRC-30 DET 4       2018



(Modex/Side Number)
1995 27 NOV 1995 - 20 MAY 1996 USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 162175 (NG-) CVW-9
LT J Alves, LT R Baron, LT C Grant, LT B Wysocki, LTJG R Budge
1996 1996-1998 USS Nimitz (CVN-68)  (22) / (33)   LCDR Joseph F Demarco, LT Barry A Rutberg, LT J English, LT W Mitts, LT R Ross, LT C Ulses, LTJG F Estrada 
2002   USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74)     FIRST C-2A landing on French Carrier Charles D. Gaule
2003  Jan 2003 - USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) (24) (33)   LCDR Ross S Budge OIC, LT Jason K Bartholomew, LT James W Bender, LT John D Capwell, LT Noah S Collins AOIC (33), LT Doug E Ramsey, LT Harry A Strother
2009     (26)    
2011 2011 - 2012 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) (32) / 162175 (33)  NEW DAWN
with logo 100Y NAVAL
2016 2016 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74)   CVW-9 with the GREEN logo
2018 Nov 2018 - May 17, 2019 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) 162152 (32) / 162178 (36) CSG-9 LCDR Brett "BERT" Leaner (OIC), LT Lou "PUNUS" Henry (AOIC)


Grumman C2-A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162178 assigned to VRC 30 DET 4, deployed aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 64) taxis from the runway on board Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. US NAVY Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Rullo.


VRC-30 DET 4 Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound 162165

Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162165 from the VRC-30 DET 4 "Pure Horsepower" at NAS North Island 2005. Ted Carlson Photo, Boerries Burkhardt Collection.



Forward deployed in MCAS Iwakuni Japan, the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero, Detachment Five are the long-range critical logistics support element to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group. Detachment Five’s mission includes the transport of high-priority cargo, mail, duty passengers and Distinguished Visitors between the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and shore bases throughout the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia theaters.


VRC-30 DET 5 VRC-30 DET 5 VRC-30 DET 5 VRC-30 DET 5  VRC-30 DET 5






(Modex/Side Number)
1996 5 MAR 1996 - 24 MAR 1996 USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) NF CHINA / TAIWAN  
2002   USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)   CVW-5
2004   USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) (27) CVW-5 LT Jason Hammond (OIC), LT Arun Armmugaswamy, LT Christopher Brenner, LT Kirstopher Carter, LT Bobby Dempsey, LTJG Charles Daniel
2005   USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) (30) / (43) CVW-5 LCDR Mark A. Nicholoson, LT Christopher R. Brenner, LT Samuel C. Bryant, LT Kristopher A. Carter, LT Charles J. Daniel, LTJG David R. Lupo, LTJG Jeremy K. Mundy
2007   USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) 162148 (NF-31) / 162152 (NF-32) CVW-5  
2008   USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) 162148 (NF-31) / (26) CVW-5 LCDR Mark A. Nicholoson, LT Caleb Rorex, LT Charles Daniel, LT Robert J. Deneau, LT Georgy G. Jenic, LT Jeremy K. Mundy, LT David R. Lupo
2009   USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) 162169 (NF-27)   LCDR Chad White (OIC), LCDR Greg Jonic, LT William Callahan, LT Cody Dowd, LT James Hawke, LT Caleb Rorex
2010   USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) (20)   LCDR Gregory Jonic (OIC), LT James Hawke, LT Adam Heil, LT Matthew Ostrye, LT Ronnie Stahl Jr.
2011   USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)  (22)  / (30)   LCDR Gregory Jonic (OIC), LCDR Adam Heil, LT William Callaham, LT Brett Cameron, LT James Hawke, LT Matthew Ostry, LT Ronnie Stahl  Jr.
2012    USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)   (32)   LT Matt "SPLISH" Ostrye, AWF2 Tyson Hockstaff
2013   USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)   162175 (33) (27) (32)     LCDR Kristopher Carter (OIC), LCDR William Chard, LT William Caldwell, LT Brett Camerson, LT Gordon "CHARLIE BROWN" Mohl, LT Glen Premo
2014    USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73)   (27) (35)   LCDR Kristopher Carter (OIC), LT Joseph Reardon, LCDR Christopher Leffakis, LT Glen Premo, LT Gordon "CHARLIE BROWN" Mohl, LT Marty "PEACOCK" Sheehan (32), LT William Caldwell 

162173 (24) / (32) / 162175 (NF-33)

   LCDR Steve "SPARKY" Parente, LT Gordon "CHARLIE BROWN" Mohl, LT Marty "PEACOCK" Sheehan (32), LT Joel "STILTZ" Chase (24)
2016      (24) / (32)   LCDR Steve "SPARKY" Parente, LT Gordon "CHARLIE BROWN" Mohl, LT Amanda "PUDDLES" Serfass, LT Joel "STILTZ" Chase
2017    USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) 162175 (33)   LCDR Steve "SPARKY" Parente, LCDR Andrew Dumm, LT Amanda "PUDDLES" Serfass, LT Steve Combs, LT Mitch Stephens, LT Dan Sanchez
2018   USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) 162154 (30) 162165 (31)

162152 (32) returned
  LCDR Andrew Dumm (OIC), LT Dan Sanchez; LT Kevin "BENDER" Cordell; AWF1 Craig Dondey




Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhoiund BuNo 162175 VRC-30 DET 5   Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhoiund BuNo 162175 VRC-30 DET 5   VRC-30 DET 5 - Password 33 - Never Forget
162175 C-2A(R) VRC-30 DET 5 Password 33   162175 C-2A(R) VRC-30 DET 5 Password 33   November 22, 2017


Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero Detachment Five (VRC-30 Det 5) traces its ancestry back to Air Transport Squadron Five (VR-5), which was commissioned on 24 June 1943 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sand Point, Seattle, Washington. This squadron flew Douglas R4D Skytrain, Douglas R5D Skymaster, Beechcraft SNB Expeditor, and Noorduyn JA-1 Norseman aircraft in regular air service from Seattle to Oakland, San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, and Fairbanks and Point Barrow on the Alaskan mainland.

In 1950, a VR-5 detachment was established at NAS North Island in San Diego, California. VR-5 was decommissioned 15 July 1957 and replaced by Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Twenty One (VR-21). VR-21 was headquartered at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii and detachments were established at North Island, NAS Alameda, California, and Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. VR-21 operated the Navy’s first dedicated Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft, the Grumman TBM-3R Avenger, and the newer Grumman C-1A Trader, in regular COD service to Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers. VR-21 also operated Convair C-131 Samaritan aircraft, among others, in support of west coast and Pacific Fleet shore transport missions.

On 1 October 1966, VR-21’s California and Japan detachments were reorganized as Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Thirty (VR-30) in Alameda and Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Fifty (VRC-50) in Atsugi. This reorganization coincided with the fleet introduction of a new COD aircraft, Grumman’s C-2A Greyhound. The Greyhound offered VR and VRC squadrons a drastically improved logistics capability over the C-1A Trader, enabling more than 8,500 pounds of cargo or up to 26 passengers to be carried to or from the ship at faster speeds, higher altitudes, and longer ranges than its predecessors. The ceremonial introduction of the Greyhound into fleet service took place on 4 October 1966 at Alameda, when bureau number 152786 was received by VR-30.

This aircraft and two others were promptly deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in November 1966 and transferred to VRC-50 at their detachment site in NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines. Due to the relatively small number of new C-2A aircraft (only 17 were originally built), the Greyhounds were primarily dedicated to forward deployed operations in the Western Pacific (by VRC-50) and the Mediterranean (by Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Twenty Four, or VR-24). VR-30 continued to meet Pacific Fleet shore and COD transport requirements using the Samaritan and the Trader.

The next few years were extremely busy for the “Foo Dogs” of VRC-50, who saw two homeport changes and the addition of two new airframes between 1966 and 1972. After establishing a permanent detachment at Cubi Point in 1968, the squadron moved its headquarters from Japan to North Island in 1971. After establishing a another permanent detachment site in Danang, Vietnam in December of 1971, the squadron changed its homeport again, this time moving headquarters to Cubi Point in July 1972.

The Foo Dogs received the North American CT-39E Sabreliner in July 1967 and the Lockheed C-130F Hercules in June 1969, and employed both in the role of Western Pacific shore logistics and executive transport, while continuing to fly Traders and Greyhounds in performance of the COD mission. Meanwhile, the “Providers” of VR-30 continued to support west coast fleet operations and carrier deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. From 1968 to 1973, VR-30 COD detachments operated aboard various carriers in support of recovery operations for Apollo missions X, XI, XII, and XVI. Both VR-30 and VRC-50 supported aircraft carriers operating at Yankee Station during the Vietnam War, operating C-1A and C-2A aircraft from Danang and Cubi Point.

In 1971, VR-30 received the Saberliner, followed by its first McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II aircraft in May 1973, thereby greatly increasing the shore transport capabilities of the Providers. In 1976 VRC-50 was redesignated as Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Zero. On 1 October 1978, shortly after relocating from Alameda to its present-day home at NAS North Island, VR-30 was redesignated Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero (VRC-30).

In 1980, VRC-30 received its first UC-12 Huron and was designated the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the Navy’s UC-12 community. Another aircraft variant was welcomed into VRC-50 in the early 1980’s, the Lockheed US-3B Viking, which was operated as a Foo Dog COD aircraft for more than a decade. VRC-30 welcomed the newly reprocured C-2A in 1985, and finally retired the venerable C-1A the following year, after 28 years of service. The Providers flew their last two Traders, bureau numbers 136786 and 146024, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona and inducted them into the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center for permanent preservation on 5 June 1986.

In 1992, following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo just north of Cubi Point and as part of the general withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from the Philippines, VRC-50 relocated to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. In the summer of 1994, VRC-50’s aircraft began to be transferred to other units in preparation for disestablishment of the squadron. VRC-30 absorbed many former Foo Dog personnel and aircraft, and used three Greyhounds and approximately forty personnel to man and equip a brand new permanent detachment at Atsugi, Japan.

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero Detachment Five was officially established on 7 August 1994 under the charge of CDR Linda C. Shaffer-Vanaria; the detachment was placed under operational control of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) in support of the Independence Carrier Battle Group. Between 18 August and 18 September 1994, Detachment Five received C-2A aircraft bureau numbers 162141, 162147, and 162150 from VRC-50.

On 30 September 1994, VRC-50 was decommissioned at Guam. On 1 December 1994, LCDR James A. Hubbard relieved CDR Shaffer-Vanaria during a “change of charge” ceremony at Atsugi, and became the first permanently assigned Detachment FIVE Officer in Charge. In 1998, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) replaced USS Independence (CV-62) as the flagship of Task Force Seventy (CTF-70). VRC-30 Det 5 continued to support CTF-70 with COD service to USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), including October 2001 deployment to the Northern Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and January 2003 deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the summer of 2008, Detachment Five “cross-decked” with the rest of CVW-5 onto the new flagship of CTF-70, USS George Washington (CVN-73).

Today VRC-30 Detachment Five remains the world’s only permanently forward deployed COD detachment. With their parent squadron headquartered in San Diego, the Providers of Detachment Five operate from their home station in Atsugi, Japan, whence they regularly deploy their two C-2A Greyhounds to shore bases throughout the Western Pacific, South Asian, Indian Ocean, and Middle Eastern theaters, providing incomparably reliable transport of high-priority cargo, U.S. Mail, duty passengers, and distinguished visitors to and from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in support of the entirety of Battle Force Seventh Fleet.


VRC-30 DET 3 VRC-30 DET 3 VRC-30 DET 3  VRC-30 DET 3  




(Modex/Side Number)
1995 11 Apr 1995 - 9 Oct 1995 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)  162149 (NH 21) CVW-2
LT Bruce R McFadden, LT Wayne A Hollister, LT W P Donmelly, LT J P Horn, LT M M Stephan, LT M J Thurson
1997 1 Ap 1997 - 1 Oct 1997
Iraqi War
USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64)  162154 (NE 36) / (NE 37)

Arabian Sea

LCDR Scott Redford, LT Sean Baron, LT Ross Budge, LT Chris Duffy, LT Scott Warner, LTJG Julie Dietrich
1999 18 Jun 1999 - 17 Dec 1999 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) 162167 (NE 32) / 162149 (NE 33) CVW-2 LCDR Wayne Holcomb, LT Chris Duffy, LT Russell Crow, LT Rod Malcolm. LT Julie Dietrich, LT John Marlar
2002 23 JUL2001 - 19 JAN 2002 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) 162164(NH-20) / 162165(NH30) CVW-11 LCDR Sue Keck, LT Rob W. Gamble "FIRESTONE" AOIC (30), LT David C "SARGE" Ellis, LT Russell Crow, LT John Fischer, LT Jon Marlar
2003 3 MAR 2003 - 5 NOV 2003  USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 162164(20) / 162168 (36)


Iraqi Freedom

LCDR Erik Franzen, LT Bernard F Calamug, LT Gregory R Cooke, LT David C Ellis, LT Robert W Gamble, LT Joshua G Martin, LT Joseph B Shipp
2005 7 MAY 2005 - 8 NOV 2005 USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 162141(23) / 162176 (21)   LCDR Michael Biemiller, LT Keith Heyen, LT Kendra Kaufman, LT Robert Wackerman, LTJG Danny Abad, LTJG Mark David 
2009  31 JUL 2009 - 26 MAR 2010  USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 162168 (30) / 162152 (32) CVW-11 LCDR David SARGE Ellis 
2011 15 JUN 2011 -30 AUG 2011 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)  162158 (34) / 162170 (35)  RIMPAC  
2012    USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)  162173 (34) with sticker for senior chief Donny Miller RIMPAC LCDR K. HEINE Heyen OIC 
2013 APR 2013 - DEC 2013  USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)      
2015 22 AUG 2014 - 4 JUN 2015  USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) 162147 (21) CVW-11  
2017   USS Nimitz (CVN-68)       
2019 FEB 2020 -  USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) 162177 (NH 23) / 162173 (NH 24)    


Detachment THREE relentlessly excelled throughout their COMPTUEX, SUSTEX, and WESTPAC/OEF/MED deployment with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) from APR-DEC 2013. The detachment served through two deployment extensions and flew over 1,023 hours. They safely transported an impressive 1,591 Distinguished Visitors, 4,425 passengers, 831,268 pounds of cargo, 75,405 pounds of mail, and 19 MEDEVACS. While deployed, Detachment THREE spent five months in the FIFTH Fleet AOR in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and conducted Red Sea Operations. Detachment THREE operated from Forward Logistics Sites in Hawaii, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain, and Italy and provided support from South Korea, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Greece. Detachment THREE will be stood up once again for deployment in 2017. 


Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162147 with the USS CARL VISNON. Boerries Burkhardt Collection.



Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162173 of the VRC-30 DET 3 at NAS North Island at a rainy day. Boerries Burkhardt photo March 2020