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)  

 

The VRC-40 Squadron has 5 Detachement: Collection of patches of the VRC-40 DET

DETACHMENT 1: Nickname = not known

 

 

   
VRC-40
MED CRUISE 1997/98
DET 1
VRC-40 DET-1
ON A MISSION FROM COD
2005-2006
"Blue Brother Patch"
VRC-40 DET-1
50 Years Together
USS ENTERPRISE 2011
 VRC-40 DET-1 VRC-40 DET 1
BIG STICK DELIVERY
WORLD TOUR 2015

 

DETACHMENT 2: Nickname = Bush Whackers

     
 VRC-40 DET-2
USS EISENHOWER
(no date known)
VRC-40 DET-2
IT'S THE F'N EISENHOWER WINE MIXER
VRC-40 DET 2
WE AIM'T RIGHT
DET DEUCE
VRC-40 RAWHIDES
2001 OPERATING ENDURING FREEDOM 2002
 RAWHIDES
DET DEUCE
WORLD TOUR 1998

 

DETACHMENT 3: Nickname = not known

   
HST Y.F.O PER
DIEM ON THE REG.... TRAPS ON THE REG....
VRC-40 DET 3 JAN-JUL 2010
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower IKE (CVN-69)
VRC-40 DET-3
ON A MISSION FROM COG
TOUGH GUYS
VRC-40 DET-3
FREAKING THREE 2012
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower IKE (CVN-69)
VRC-40 DET 3
VRC-30 DETACHMENT III
FINESSE FACILITATES FINER FIXES
VRC-40 DET 3
THREE THE HARD WAY

 

DETACHMENT 4: Nickname = Battlefish

     
VRC-40 DET-4
USS ENTERPRISE
SURGE/CRUISE/SUMMER 2007
THE GAPFILLERS
VRC-40 DET-4
FANTASTIC FOUR
RAWHIDES
VRC-40 DET 4
ON THE LOOSE
BATTELFISH  

 

DETACHMENT 5: Nickname = not known

 

     
VRC-40 DET 5 VRC-40 DET 5
GOING TO HELL IN A BUCKET
     

 

Above patches from my collection

 

During my search I found the following different trail colors of the VRC-40 RAWHIDES.

If there maybe related to DET, or special issues, please let me know. There are too much....


 

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VRC-40 (2017-01-16)