VRC-30 Home Guard

Not all Grumman C-2A Greyhound aircrafts are on deployment. Many of them are flying with the home guard and not with a squadron. Here we see Password 22 BuNo 162140 with LT SHAWN "FIEVEL" HAUGEN, and PO2 (NAC) WINER FUNG in 2016 landing at Naval Air Station North Island.


 2016   162140 (22)    LT SHAWN "FIEVEL" HAUGEN




Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30)

Home port assignments: NAS North Island in San Diego, CA. U.S.A
Assignments of the VRC-30 DET-5: Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

IACO Call Sign: Password

 Hustlers  Roughnecks    Pure Horsepower We Deliver
VRC-30 DET-1 Hustlers VRC-30 DET-2 Roughnecks VRC-30 DET-3 Crusaders VRC-30 DET-4 Pure Horsepower VRC-30 DET-5 We Deliver
NAS North Island NAS North Island NAS North Island NAS North Island NAF Atsugi
California, U.S.A.  California, U.S.A. California, U.S.A.  California, U.S.A.   Japan


C-2A Greyhound BuNo 162141 assigned to the VRC-30 DET- 3 "Providers" aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Ashley Gayton (RELEASED)



Insigina before the release of the Providers insignia (right)   1998 E and S Winner    


Command History

 1 January 1989 26 January 1989 Commander Fort A. Zachery, Jr.  
 26 January 1989 31 December 1989 Commander Michael T. Beresky  



Source and Internet Links


39486The DET 2 is the second of 5 detachement of the VRC-30 squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier.

 DET II 2017


NOTE: Gray (b/w) patches are not in my collection and I'm looking for an original patch. If you have some extra, please contact me. This would be much appreciated. Thanks!


1994 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 3 ) 20 / 162146 (36 ) COMAEWWINGPAC LT Whiteaker; LT Brockett; LT Cobb; LT Merriman; LTJG Yaroch
1996 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 11 ) (RW-20) / (RW-36) WESTPAC  
1997 USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) ( 4 )  162173 (NH-20) / 1621XX (RW-24) WESTPAC  LCDR Lycan;LT Donelly; LT Faucheux; LT Frohne; LT Hubert; LT Thureson; LTJG Russel
1999 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 5 ) (31) / (37) WESTPAC LCDR Margeson ; LT Dimke; LT Leslie; LT Glaze; LT Reynolds; LT Hubert; LT White
2001 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 6 ) 162167 (RW-34) / 1621XX (XX)   CDR Bentley; LT Harris; LT Jutesen; LT Lanier; LT Leslie; LT Reynolds; LT Asman  
2002 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 7 ) 162176 C-2A(R) (21) / 162162 C-2A(R) (22)   LCDR J. M. CREATURE Alves; LT Justesen; LT Langston; LT Johnston; LT Lanier; LT Asman; LT Harris; LTJG Antinora
2004-05 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 10 ) 16216X (20) /   LCDR Marlar
2010-11 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 9 ) 162166  / (22) / (31) WESTPAC LCDR Kluttz; LT Caldwell; LCDR Hirte; LT Hrynkiw; LT Schlegel
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 8 ) (37) / (42) CVW-2 / CSG-9 LCDR Brenner (OIC); LT Delong; LT Hrynkiw; LT Kohlmann; LT Popejoy; LT Tomlinson
2015 USS RONALD REGAN (CVN-76) ( 12 )   CSG-9  
2016 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 13 )   CSG-1  
2017 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 14 )   CSG-1  
2018 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) (20) / (25) WESTPAC  


Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162162 of the VRC-30 DET 2. LCDR J. M. CREATURE Alves. Rodger Kelly Photo

The VRC-30 DET 2 was the first detachment who routinely fly night carrier operation. ( 3 )

The Crusaders of Detachment THREE supported three carriers during CY 2002: USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). The detachment provided essential logistics services during 6 FRS and CVW carrier qualification periods. Detachment THREE returned from deployment with CVW 11 on board USS CARL VINSON in January after successful logistics support for the carrier battle group during Operation Enduring Freedom. The detachment stood down after a "satisfactory" AM1 with 15 programs having zero discrepancies. Detachment THREE provided crucial support to VAW 120 mission by loaning aircraft and maintainers on two separate FCLP detachments in Pensacola, allowing pilots to accumulate the requisite number of passes for carrier qualification. Detachment THREE stood up as an independently operating detachment the last week of August, providing logistics support from remote location two weeks later. During support of a USS NIMITZ at sea period from Whidbey Island, Detachment THREE flew a 100% sortie completion rate. Detachment THREE compiled a 100% sortie completion rate through TSTA II/III, BG sustainment operations and FRS CQ as well. ( 15 )

Detachment TWO conducted a unique "Southern Seas" deployment with Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2) and Carrier Strike Group NINE (CSG-9) aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) departing from Naval Air Station North Island in September 2015 and flying off of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in December 2015. The detachment worked from seven Forward Logistics Sites in Panama, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, while also conducting logistics support missions in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and the Bahamas. In the FOURTH Fleet area of responsibilities (AOR), Detachment TWO supported UNITAS PAC, UNITAS LANT and Operation Blue Sky V by moving high priority parts, cargo, mail, personnel and notable distinguished visitors including several U.S. Ambassadors and high ranking foreign military members. Among the DVs was The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. The detachment flew 186 sorties totaling 334.7 hours and transported 435 distinguished visitors, 1,342 passengers, 277,580 pounds of cargo, 15,450 pounds of mail, and performed 9 lifesaving medical evacuation/emergency leave missions with an overall 98 percent sortie completion rate. Additionally, Detachment TWO planned and executed a Pan-American mission spanning 4,500 miles from Houston, Texas to Santiago, Chile to replace a C-2A aircraft. Based on the rigorous training of Fleet Logistics aircrews, Detachment TWO was able to quickly and precisely coordinate with foreign embassies the necessary clearances to fly into several unfamiliar airfields along the route to refuel and rest. The knowledge and adaptability of the aircrew was essential to completing the flight and enabling CVW-2 to fulfill their mission requirements. Detachment TWO will deploy once again in 2017. ( 1 )

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Detachment TWO recently completed a very successful deployment with Carrier AIRWING TWO aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN in the North Arabian Sea. The Detachment flew a total of 316 flight hours while safely transporting 2313 passengers, 522 distinguished visitors, over 400,000 pounds of high priority cargo, and 127,000 pounds of mail between ship and shore over the course of the six month deployment.

The Detachment TWO Roughnecks completed an outstanding year of cruise works-ups and carrier qualification detachment throughout their IDTC training cycle in preparation for the final WESTPAC deployment of the USS CONSTELLATION in November 2002. Technicians performed 2483 maintenance actions on their two C-2 aircraft. This enabled Detachment TWO to fly over 800 hours with a 99% sortie completion rate carrying over 835,000 pounds of cargo and 3600 passengers and Distinguished Visitors while participating in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. As Detachment TWO, as part of the larger Provider team, help to ensure that the operational requirements of three carrier strike groups were met by assisting both Detachment ONE and Detachment FIVE during Operation Iraqi Freedom. ( 2 )

Reference ( Source ):

1 = 2017-03 http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
2 = 2015 http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
3 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) cruise book 1994 page 390-394
4 = USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) cruise book 1997 page 412-417
5 = USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) cruise boo 1999 page 421-427
6 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) cruise book  2001 page  page 410-415 (VRC-30 DET 2 called Crusaders in the cruise book)
7 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) cruise book  2002
8 = USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) World Cruise Book 2011-12
9 = USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) World Cruise Book 2010-11
10 = USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) World Cruise Book 2004-05
11 = 6 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) Book "The Supercarriers: The Forrestal and Kitty Hawk Classes" By Andrew Faltum
12 = Air Power Yearbook 2015 / Air Power Review page 70/71
13 = Air Power Yearbook 2016 / Air Power Review page 69
14 = Air Power Yearbook 2017 / Air Power Review page 67
15 = VRC-30 Calenar Year 2002 Command History / OPNAVINST 5750.12G


Below: "Password 31" (If you know for what it stands, you are a real DET2 Provider......)

The DET 1 is the first of 5 detachement of the VRC-30 squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier.

VRC-30 DET 1 (YEAR)  VRC-30 DET 1  VRC-30 DET 1 VRC-30 DET 1  
HUSTLERS  HUSTLERS (1997)   (2018) Jeff O'Hana Collection  


NOTE: Gray (b/w) patches are not in my collection and I'm looking for an original patch. If you have some extra, please contact me. This would be much appreciated. Thanks!


1996 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 3 ) (30) / (31)   LCDR W. S. Petrie; LT B. F. Valencia; LT C. L. Ulses; LT C. L. Jendryski, LT W. R. Mitts; LT F. J. Estrada
1998 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 7 ) (27) / (30)   LCDR Carsten "SNOOP"; LT Schaffler; LT Faucheux; LT Kinsella; LT Lippeneott; LT Mulloy; LT Goncalves
2002-03 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 6 ) (30) CVW-14
LCDR Basden; LT Lord; LT Bachmore; LT Newton; LT Moursund; LTJG Pinski; LTJG Scovel  
USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) ( 4 ) 162149 (NK-33), 1621XX (36)


LCDR Rod M. HOTROD Hoyle; LT G. G. Jonic; LT M. Miller; LT M. G. Newton; LT R. J. Wacherman

162149 (NK-33)

Jan 4' - Jul 6'
USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) ( 5 ) 1621XX (NK-22), 1621XX (NK-XX) WESTPAC
LCDR Mark Nicholson; LT B. Harrison; LT P. Kaheny; LT A. McGinly; LTJG D. Bogako; LTJG Daniel Cook; LTJG Paul Douvier
May 19'-Nov 28'
LCDR David Ruppert; LT Paul Douvier; LT Olena Krawciw;
2010 ( 2 )   RIMPAC  
2015 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 1+7 ) 162173 (23) / 162175 (33)   LCDR Trevor Hermann (23)
2016 USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) ( 8 ) 1621XX (XX), 1621XX (XX) CSG-9 / PAC  
2018 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 162140 (22) / 162173 (24) CSG-9 / CVW-17 LCDR Christopher CHEF Cook, LT Bryan GIGI Reed (22), LT Daniel ROOMBA Mahaffey, LT Daniel MATLOCK Snapp (24)


Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162140 of the VRC-30 DET 1 "HUSTLER" at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at April 1, 2018. Jeff O'Hara Photo.

VRC-30 Detachment ONE Hustlers continued as the standard-bearer for COD logistics operations in 2002. Flying over 600 missions to support the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Battle Group during COMPTUEX, NORPAC/JTFX, and WESTPAC, the Detachment accomplished a 98.8% sortie completion rate, logging over 950 flight hours. This benchmark performance is a result of their direct and aggressive change in the conduct of standard ops during the transit phase of deployment. Detachment ONE is the first west coast detachment to stand-up beach based detachments off of the carrier during the entire route of transit. For WESTPAC 2002/03, Detachment ONE based out off Hickam AFB (Hawaii), Atsugi NALF (Japan), Kadena AFB (Japan) and Paya Lebar (Singapore) prior to arrival in the Arabian Gulf. Including the logistics support provided during OEF and OSW, for the calendar year 2002 Detachment ONE is responsible for having transported 710,883 lbs. and 284,490 lbs. of cargo and mail respectively, 4,542 passengers and 1,435 distinguished visitors, and flying 276 arrested landings. ( 10 )

In 2015, 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. ( 1 )

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Detachment ONE recently completed a very successful five month surge in 2009 deploying with Carrier AIRWING FOURTEEN on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. This highly regarded detachment flew over 700 hours while safely transporting 2,348 passengers, 303 distinguished visitors, 286,705 pounds of high priority cargo and 53,785 pounds of mail to the RONALD REAGAN Strike Group. The detachment deployed again in 2010 in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise in which the detachment transported a remarkable 616 distinguished visitors, 627 passengers, and 87,850 pounds of high priority cargo and mail in only six weeks.

The Detachment ONE HUSTLERS had a history-making deployment both in terms of the broader deployment and the success with which they supported it in 2003. Detachment One flew over 1100 hours and carried over 998,000 pounds of cargo with a 99% sortie completion rate during a 10 month deployment. Despite operating in unfamiliar sites in seven different countries and maintenance support issues, Detachment One successfully supported the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN strike group during Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. When recalled to the 5th Fleet Area Of Responsibility, Detachment ONE moved into tight quarters with 2 other detachments and helped to make reliable logistics for three carrier strike groups the daily norm. ( 2 )


Reference ( Source ):

1 = http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
2 = http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
3 = USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) Cruise 1996 book page 418-423
4 = USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) Cruise 2004 book page 430-433
5 = USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) - maiden deployment - Cruise 2006 book page 544-547
6 = USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) Cruise book 2002-03
6 = USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) Cruise book 1998
7 = Air Power Yearbook 2015 / Air Power Review page 70/71
8 = Air Power Yearbook 2016 / Air Power Review page 69
9 = Air Power Yearbook 20176 / Staying the course page 51
10 = VRC-30 Calenar Year 2002 Command History / OPNAVINST 5750.12G

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





1995 USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) ( 5 ) 162149 (21)   LT McFadden; LT Hollister; LT Donnelly; LT Horn; LT Stephan; LT Thurson
1997 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 1 ) ( NE-36) / (NE-37)  

LCDR Scott Redford, LT S. Baron; LT C. Duffy; LT S. Warner; LTJG J. Dietrich

1999 USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) ( 2 )  (NE-32) / (NE-33) ( 3 ) WESTPAC LCR Wayne Holcomb, LT C. Duffy; LT R. Crown; LT R. Malcom; LT J. Dietrich; LT Jon Marlar
23 July 2001–23 January 2002 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) 162164 (20) / 162165 (30) WESTPAC  LCDR Susanne Keck, LT Russell Crow, LT David Ellis, LT John Fischer, LT Robert Gamble, LT Jon Marlar
2003 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) 162164 (20) / 162168 (36)    
2004  USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) 162161 (35) / 162171 (37)    
2005 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) 162150 (26) / 162164 (20)    
2009     WESTPAC LT James Roscoe, LT Ben Burnham, LT Joe Reardon
2010 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)      
2012 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) 162158 (34) / 162170 (35) RIMPAC LCDR K. Heyen (HEINE)
2013 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68)      
2015 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) ( 6 )   CSG-11  
2016 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) ( 7   CSG-11  
June 21 -
USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) ( 8/9/10 162158 (34) / 1621XX (22) CVW-11
ANA55 Sqn


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. ( 3 )

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Detachment THREE completed an extremely successful eight month deployment in 2010 with Carrier AIRWING ELEVEN on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the North Arabian Sea. The detachment flew over 770 hours, delivering 349,905 pounds of high priority cargo, 179,414 pounds of mail, 2,275 passengers and 312 distinguished visitors to the Nimitz Strike Group in the last six months of cruise and executed a remarkable post cruise MCI. Detachment III also stood up to support the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) during Operation NEPTUNE SCISSORS in the Eastern Pacific. The detachment flew over 49 hours, delivering 17,133 pounds of high priority cargo and 99 passengers to the Nimitz Strike Group.

The Detachment THREE Crusaders left on WESTPAC early to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom with CVW-11 and the USS NIMITZ. The detachment was instrumental in supporting the Nimitz Strike Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom by carrying over 700,000 lbs of cargo, 5500 passengers/distinguished visitors, and flying 949.2 hours with a 93% sortie completion rate. Detachment THREE flew over Iraq in route to Jordan in support of CVW-11 operations and made a three-week deployment to Masirah, Oman to continue its support of the Nimitz Strike Group. This shift to a new forward location was unprecedented and Detachment THREE managed to continue operations from this forward location until the strike group returned to the Persian Gulf. ( 4 )


A Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound of the VRC-30 DET 3 trap the wire onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in 2012. The color of the tail was a test during deployment and was modified with the yellow after return to NAS North Island. US. NAVY Photo.


Reference ( Source ):

1 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) cruise book 1997 page 408-413
2 = USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64) cruise book 1999 page 402-407
3 = http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
4 = http://www.cacclw.navy.mil/vrc30/dets.html
5 = USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)cruise book 1995 page 332-337
6 = Air Power Yearbook 2015 / Air Power Review page 70/71
7 = Air Power Yearbook 2016 / Air Power Review page 69
8 = ANA55 Squadron Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ANA55-Squadron-10150101317295447/
9 = Air Power Yearbook 2017 / Air Power Review page 67
10 = Password 34 BuNo 162158 confirmed by photo at CSIA Mumbai airport October 27, 2017.