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"



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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
2001-02 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)    
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 1621XX (XX) / 1621XX (XX) 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 C-2A(R) Grumman Greyhound of the VRC-30 DET 3 trap the wire onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in 2012. Please note the new or maybe not ready painted tail? 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
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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