The DET 4 is one of 5 detachement of the VRC-30 squadron. It is attached to an aircraft carrier. Their nick name is "Pure Horsepower"

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1995-96 USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) ( 7 ) 162175 (35) / 162154  (36)    
2000   (22) / (25)    
2003 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) (4) (NG-24) / (NG-33)   LCDR Budge; LT Bartholomew; LT Bender; LT Capwell; LT Collins; LT Ramsey; LT Strother
2005 USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) ( 5 ) (24) / 162165 (30)   LCDR Mark KIKO Kekeisen (30); LT Bartholomew; LT Moginly; LT Martin; LT Becker; LT Stephesen; LTJC Carter
2009 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74)      
2010 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) ( 3 ) (32) / (33)    
2015 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) ( 8 )   CSG-3  
2016 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) 162167 (21) / (23 - 6) CSG-3 LCDR Eric PONSI Ponsart (21), LT Josh TUGBOAT Henderson (21), LT Bryan GIGI Reed, DART
2017 USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) ( 9 )   CSG-3  


Detachment FOUR completed an exceptionally successful seven month deployment with Carrier Strike Group THREE in support of exercise WESTPAC and RIMPAC onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) from JAN-AUG 2016. They skillfully flew 766 flight hours through seven Forward Logistic Sites and two Areas of Responsibility and completed 420 of the 429 scheduled sorties, yielding a 97.9 percent sortie completion rate. The "Horsemen" successfully transported 2,033 passengers, 1,307 Distinguished Visitors, 369,806 pounds of high priority cargo, and 62,571 pounds of mail. Detachment FOUR supported an aggressive Commander, Naval Air Forces Distinguished Visitor program concurrent with operational requirements, notably transporting U.S. Ambassadors to Brunei, China, and Singapore, numerous Senators, Governors, and U.S. Representatives, High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand, Deputy Minister of Defense of Brunei, Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy, Chilean Chief of Naval Operations, Chilean and Indian Ambassadors to the U.S., Republic of Korea Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Philippines Secretary of National Defense, Malaysian Deputy Undersecretary for Policy, the Vice President of the United States staff, U.S. Secretary of Defense Staff, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, U.S. Undersecretary of the Navy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commander, U.S. Forces Korea. ( 1 )

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Detachment FOUR completed an extremely successful six month Western Pacific deployment in 2009 with Carrier AIRWING NINE on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of OPERATION FOAL EAGLE and NORTHERN EDGE. The detachment flew over 400 hours, transporting 314,777 lbs. of high priority cargo, 99,570 pounds of mail, 1,709 passengers, 593 Distinguished Visitors (DV) and 10 Medical Evacuations (MEDEVAC), two of which were life saving.

The Pure Horsepower of Detachment FOUR stood-up with an unprecedented mandate: be deployment ready in only two months; a feat that requires 6 months during a normal Inter-Deployment Turnaround Cycle. The detachment met this challenge, meticulously orchestrating the qualification of 41 sailors and the pre-deployment grooming of two Greyhounds. Detachment FOUR then deployed in January, seven months ahead of schedule, as a member of Carrier Airwing NINE and the USS CARL VINSON Strike Group. During an arduous eight-month deployment, the strike group remained exclusively within the Seventh Fleet AOR. During WESTPAC 2003 the detachment flew over 1000 hours and operated ashore at nine foreign field locations while delivering nearly 1.1 million pounds of cargo and mail along with 5500 passengers to the VINSON. Back from a successful deployment, detachment FOUR is the first to continue to remain activated and at the ready supporting the Navy’s new FRP initiative. ( 2 )

Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound BuNo 162165 of the VRC-30 DET 4 depart NAS North Island at January 21, 2005 to USS CARL VINSON. Ted Carlson Photo / B Burkhardt Collection

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3 = USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) Cruise book 2010 page 383
4 = USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) Cruise book 2003 page 524-531
5 = USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) Cruise book 2005 page 460-465
6 = Facebook Photo Section
7 = WESTPAC 95-96 CVW-9 Patch VRC-30 DET 4 EVER
8 = Air Power Yearbook 2015 / Air Power Review page 70/71
9 = Air Power Yearbook 2017 / Air Power Review page 67