Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40), also known as the "Rawhides", is a United States Navy fleet logistics support squadron based at NS Norfolk. Commissioned in 1960, it is only one of two active fleet logistics squadrons in the Navy. The other being VRC-30.

UU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel S. Moore/Released

Shooters prepare the C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162144 assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 for launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The C-2A Greyhound wear the 50th anniversary color scheme from 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel S. Moore)

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) was commissioned on 1 July 1960 and is tasked with providing Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) services to the U.S. Navy's Second, Fifth, and Sixth Fleets. VRC-40, homeported at NS Norfolk, operates the Grumman C-2A Greyhound and reports to Commander, Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. A VRC-40 C-1 Trader on the USS Lexington (AVT-16) in 1985.

Maintaining and flying the squadron's 14 aircraft are nearly 320 enlisted personnel and 42 officers. Unlike most squadrons, VRC-40 does not deploy as a unit. Instead, it prepares five separate sea going detachments with a two-plane complement while maintaining a shore "Homeguard" to support local operational commitments. Based at remote forward logistics sites, the deployed detachments support multiple carrier strike groups that operate in the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Fleets aboard deployed aircraft carriers providing continuous fleet support. VRC-40 supports the fleet from ships and bases as far north as Norway, down the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast, throughout the Caribbean, in Central and South America, and all over the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern theaters. Recently, VRC-40 played a vital role in support of combat missions during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and was selected as the Commander Naval Air Force Battle "E" winner for the 2010 calendar year.

After flying the Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft for over 26 years, VRC-40 completed a transition to the C-2A in 1986, marking the end of the reciprocating engine era in Naval Aviation history. VRC-40's continuing mission is the efficient transportation of passengers, mail, and cargo to and from carriers at sea. A C-2A on USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in June 2010, wearing a paint scheme commemorating the establishment of VRC-40 50 years ago.

While speed and efficiency are requisite to completion of the squadron's mission, safety is of paramount importance. Among VRC-40's many achievements and accomplishments, the "Rawhides" recently reached one of the highest honors in Aviation Safety by successfully completing 25 years of class "A" mishap free flying.

 

The VRC-40 was Commander Naval Air Force Battle "E" winner for the year 2004 and 2009.

 

     
2005-2006  2010  2011  Date not known (Dessert colors)  RAWHIDES

 

The DET 1 is one of 5 detachement of the VRC-40 RAWHIDES squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier.

2011 2011 USS ENTERPRISE 2011 2005, 2006  
50  YEARS OF LOGISTIC EXCELLENCE FRENCH CHARLES DE GAULLE 50 YEARS TOGETHER ON A MISSION FROM COD
"Blue Brother Patch"
WE MAKE IT HAPPEN

 

The DET 3 is one of 5 detachement of the VRC-40 RAWHIDE. It is attached to an aircraft carrier. Mostly to the IKE!

         
VRC-40 DET 3 HST Y.F.O PER
DIEM ON THE REG.... TRAPS ON THE REG....
FREAKING THREE 2012 THREE THE HARD WAY  
 ON A MISSION FROM COD
TOUGH GUYS
VRC-40 DET 3 JAN-JUL 2010
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower IKE (CVN-69)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower IKE (CVN-69)  CVW-7 MED/GULF  

 

The DET 2 is one of 5 detachement of the VRC-40 squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier. Their nick name is "Bush Whackers" and often called DET DEUCE

     
USS EISENHOWER  IT'S THE F'N EISENHOWER WINE MIXER WE AIM'T RIGHT  / DET DEUCE MILLENNIUM MAD DOGS  
         

 

The DET 3 is one of 5 detachement of the VRC-30 squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier. Their nick name is "Horsemen or Battelfish"

 
VRC-30 DET 4  VRC-30 DET 4  VRC-30 DET 4 VRC-30 DET 4 BATTLEFISH VRC-30 DET 4
HORSEMEN HORSEMEN GAPFILLERS (2007) FANTASTIC FOUR WE'RE OUT THERE MAN