The DET 5 is the last of 5 detachement of the VRC-30 squadron. It is based at MCAS Iwakuni. Their nick name is "WE DELIVER"



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USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)  162141 (430), 162150 (431), 162147 (432) WESTPAC   
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USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) ( 3 ) (430)   LCDR Kennedy; LT Weidman; LCDR Hubbard; LT Light; LTJG Kekeisen; LTJG Taylor
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USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) ( 4 ) (NF-430)   LCDR Alford; LT Kekeisen; LT Goldberger; LT Inman; LT Pippincott  
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USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) ( 5 ) 162164 (431) CVW-5  LCDR Alford (OIC)
25th Anniversary Carrier Air Wing 5
2000 (Atsugi)
Apr 11'-Jun 5'
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USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63)      
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USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) ( 6 ) (NF-430) / (26) / 162161 (NF-431) WESTPAC
LCDR Hammond; LT Arumgaswarny; LT Brenner; LT Carter; LT Bob Dempsey (NF-431); LTJG Daniel
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USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) ( 7 ) (30)   LCDR Nickolson; LT Brenner; LT Bryant; LT Carter; LT Daniel; LTJG Lupo; LTJG Mundy
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USS 162148 (31)    
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USS 162148 (31)  / 162152    
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USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) ( 8 ) 162145 (25) / 162169 (27) ( (26)   LCDR Nickolson; LT Rorex; LT Daniel; LT Demeau; LT Jonie; LT Mundy; LT Lupo
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 9 ) 162150 (20) / 162169 (NF-27)   LCDR White; LCDR Jonic; LT Callahan; LT Dowd; LT Hawke; LT Rorex  
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 13 )  162150 (20) / 162159 (22) CAG-5  LCDR Jonic (OIC); LT Hawke; LT Adam ANGRY Heil; LT Matt SPLISH Ostrye; LT Stahl Jr.
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 10 )  162150 (20) / 162159 (22) / 162156 (31) / 162166 (33)


LCDR Jonic; LCDR Adam ANGRY Heil; LT Callahan; LT Cameron; LT Hawke; LT Matt SPLISH Ostrye; LT Ronnie TEACUP Stahl  
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USS  162152 (32) (22) (31) 162175 (33)  CAG-5 LCDR Jonic (OIC) > Oct.2012; LT Matt SPLISH Ostrye; LCDR Adam ANGRY Heil (AOIC) (33); AWF1 Francis Bohannan
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 11 )  162152 (32) / 162170 (35) / 162175 (33)   LCDR Kris Carter JUNK; LCDR Chard; LT Jim Caldwell BABY BIRD; LT Cameron; LT Gordon  CHARLIE BROWN Mohl; LT Glen JOHN Premo  
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 12 )  162169 (27) / 162170 (35)   LCDR Kris Carter "JUNK"; LT Joe Reardon WOODY; LT Leffakis; LT Glen JOHN Premo; LT Gordon Mohl CHARLIE BROWN; LT Sheehan; LT Jim Caldwell BABY BIRD; LCDR Billy GOAT Chard
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USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) ( 16 )  162152 (32)   LCDR Kris Carter JUNK / LCDR Steve Parente SPARKY, LT Jim Caldwell BABY BIRD (32), LCDR Joe Reardon WOODY, LT Gordon Mohl CHARLIE BROWN
Change of command April 30, 2015

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USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) ( 17 )  162170 (35) CSG-5 LCDR Steve Parente SPARKY
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USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) ( 15 ) 162154 (30) ( 14 ) / (32) 162175 (33) 162172 (26)
162175 (33) crashed at Nov. 22, 2017
Talisman Sabre
LCDR Steve Parente SPARKY / LCDR Andrew TWEEDLE Dumm (33), LT Armanda PADDLES Serfass (30), LT Steven DEET BAG Combs (30), LT Joel BIG GUY Chase, LT Mitch Stephens
Change of command September 17, 2017
MCAS Iwakuni
  162165 (31) - VRC-30 Tail 162154 (30) DET 5 Tail   LCDR Andrew TWEEDLE Dumm (OIC), LT Mitch Stephens, LT Armanda PADDLES Serfass


The VRC-30 DET 5 moved in December 2071 from their old home Naval Air Facility Atsugi to their new home at MCAS Iwakuni with the CVW-50

A U.S. Navy Grumman C-2A Greyhound Password 33 BuNo 162175 with Detachment 5, VRC-30, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, Carrier Air Group 5, out of Atsugi, Japan, taxis for takeoff, July 13, 2017, at RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland. Photo by US Army National Guard Pfc. Alec Dionne


Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162150 with the VRC-30 DET 5 (430) fly along the Fujiyama in Japan. Ted Carlson Photo, Boerries Burkhardt Collection


Detachment FIVE continued its tradition of excellence as VRC-30's permanently forward-deployed detachment in 2016. Detachment FIVE provided combat logistics support to the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76), and Commander, Task Force SEVEN ZERO during normal operations and two exercises, VALIANT SHIELD and KEEN SWORD. Over the course of five deployed months, Detachment FIVE's aircraft carried over 330,000 pounds of mail and cargo, transported 2,968 passengers and 392 DVs, all while accruing 445 mishap-free flight hours over 278 sorties. Detachment personnel worked from seven Forward Logistics Sites including Okinawa, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, and Guam. These milestones were accomplished while simultaneously troubleshooting complex maintenance issues including a center console pedestal change, which required countless hours of troubleshooting and replacement of nearly every component of the NP2K system. The detachment completed a successful Commander Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing Aviation Maintenance Program assist (AMP), MCI, and a Command Safety Assessment (CSA). During non-deployed operations, Detachment FIVE received a new aircraft from a home guard TRANSPAC crew. Detachment FIVE continues to be an unrivalled fleet support detachment and is the quarterdeck of the SEVENTH Fleet Carrier Task Force. ( 1 )

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Detachment FIVE continued to operate at the "Tip of the Spear", permanently forward deployed with Commander Task Force SEVENTY to the Western Pacific Ocean. Their homeport is Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan and they deployed with Carrier Air Wing FIVE aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). In 2010, VRC-30 Det FIVE flew 940.7 hours and transported 515,600 pounds of cargo, 190,700 pounds of mail, 3,488 passengers and 660 distinguished visitors between ship and shore.

Detachment FIVE is America’s only permanent forward-deployed C-2A detachment and flies in support of Carrier Air Wing 5 and the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) Strike Group. Based at NAF Atsugi, Japan, the men and women of Detachment FIVE have demonstrated exceptional logistics professionalism, unwavering dedication towards community mission accomplishment, and unmatched resilience while conducting logistics operations from the Western Pacific to the Arabian Gulf. Winner of two CVW-5 Golden Wrench Awards in 2004, Detachment FIVE maintainers have continually surpassed all expectations. Detachment FIVE recently worked with USS Abraham Lincoln in support of Operation Unified Assistance, providing critical supplies to the tsunami devastated regions of Indonesia and Thailand. Always ready and willing to go to sea, Detachment FIVE is truly at the tip of the spear. ( 2 )


VRC-30 DET 5 VRC-30 DET 5 (since 2012)  STILL DELIVERING DET 5 DET 5
FAR EAST COD DET FIVE 20 Years 1994-2014
(my Patch was lost in the mail)
 Color like Superman Desert Colors



WE DELIVER VRC-30 DET 5     VRC-30 DET 5 (2003)  VRC-30 DET 5


 DET 5 Pictures...

162141 C-2A(R) 162150 C-2A(R) 162152 C-2A(R) 162170 C-2A(R) 162173 C-2A(R) 



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.

(Story from the CNIC Atsugi Page at


Reference ( Source ):

1 = 2017-03
2 = 2015
3 = USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) cruise book 1996 page 428-431
4 = USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) cruise book 1998 page 552-557
5 = USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) curise book 1999 page 276-277
6 = USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) curise book 2004 page 360-365
7 = USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) curise book 2005 page 364-369
8 = USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) curise book 2008 page 324-329
9 = USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) cruise book 2009 page 393-499
10 = USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) cruise book 2009 page 314-321
11 = USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) cruise book 2013 page 386-391
12 = USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) cruise book 2014 page 386-389
13 = USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) cruise book 2010 page 374-379
14 = C-2A(R) BuNo and Modex confirmed at the Spring Festival at Atsugi April 29, 2017
15= From Task Force 70 Public Affairs / Posted May 16, 2017
16 = Air Power Yearbook 2015 / Air Power Review page 70/71
17 = Air Power Yearbook 2016 / Air Power Review page 69