Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 [VRC-30]
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30) Providers has two primary missions, which consist of C-2A Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics support and UC-12 FRS training of pilots and aircrewman. Operating across the expanse of the 3rd, 5th and 7th FLEET's Area of Responsibility, the squadron provides robust Carrier on-Board Delivery (COD) to Pacific Fleet carriers utilizing 12 Grumman C-2A Greyhounds [16 C-2A Greyhounds were employed in the mid-1990s]. Additionally, the command currently operates 3 UC-12 Super King Airs, and produces C-12 pilots and aircrewmen for Pacific Fleet Units.
The command has four sea-going detachment's operating from NAS North Island, CA and a permanently forward deployed C-2A detachment (Det Five) operating from Atsugi, Japan. As of early 2000 Detachment One was attached to Carrier Airwing Fourteen and supports the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). Detachment Two was a part of Carrier Airwing Two and supports the USS CONSTELLATION(CV-64). Detachment Three was attached to Carrier Airwing Eleven embarked onboard USS CARL VINSON(CVN-70). Detachment Four was with Carrier Airwing Nine who deploys onboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). Detachment Five, attached to Carrier Airwing Nine, supports the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
The PROVIDERS of the VRC-30 C-12 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) were on the forefront of C-12 community issues. The C-12 FRS successfully graduated a total of 153 pilots and air crew through its demanding syllabus with zero failures while still maintaining its high levels of safety, standardization and positive student feedback. The FRS performed as the C-12 NATOPS Unit Evaluator and program developer for all CNATRA commands, several Atlantic Fleet Air Stations and most Fleet Marine Force Pacific units. During 1999 PROVIDER pilots and air crew evaluators conducted 18 remote site evaluations throughout the Western Pacific and the United States. Zero unit failures were noted for the second consecutive year. VRC-30's outstanding contributions to safety, standardization and operational capabilities remained the foundation of effective executive transport and air station logistics.
In March 1998 the command adopted a full detachment concept, as a result of a 140 person reduction in manning. As a result; all five detachments have remained active thoughout the turn around cycle. Under the operational and administrative control of Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as of 1998 VRC-30 consisted of 63 officers and 391 enlisted personnel. By late 1999 the squadron was undergoing a change in manning due to the approval by the CNO of the command's Required Operational Capability/Projected Operational Environment (ROC/POE) mission statement. This mission statement includes the requirement for the command to provide day and night Carrier Onboard Delivery service to Pacific Fleet carriers. The squadron will be manned to support four sea going, one forward deployed and one shore detachment (4-1-1). The overall manning of the squadron increased by 30 percent mostly due to the increase in billets realized in standing up the shore detachment.
VRC-30 traces its ancestry to Air Transport Squadron 5 (VR-5) which was commissioned June 24, 1943 at Naval Air Station, Seattle. The squadron was tasked with flying the R-4D, 4-5D, DNB-2C and UC-64 aircraft in regular air service to Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, Fairbanks and Point Barrow on the Alaskan mainland. In 1948, the Naval Air Transportation Service and Air Transport Command merged and became the Military Air Transport Service. VR-5 was placed under the command of Fleet Logistics Support Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
In 1950, VR-5 moved its base of operations from NAS Seattle to NAS Moffett Field, Calif., leaving a detachment at Seattle and establishing a second detachment at NAS North Island. VR-5 was decommissioned July 15, 1957 and became VR-21, with detachments at NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS North Island.
On June 26, 1958, VR-21, NAS North Island Detachment, made the first Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) with the Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft to the USS Yorktown (CV 10). The detachment relocated to NAS Alameda in 1960.
On 1 October 1966 VR-21 was decommissioned. The Atsugi Detachment became VRC-50, and the Alameda Detachment was commissioned as Fleet Tactical Support Squadron THREE ZERO (VR-30) equipped with Convair C-131 Samaritans and C-1A Trader aircraft. VR-30's mission included logistics support for Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet units. On 9 November 1966, VR-30 made their first COD arrested landing in the C-1A on the USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA-31). The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for exemplary service from 1 January to 30 November 1967. From 1968 to 1973 VR-30 COD detachments operated aboard various carriers in support of recovery operations for Apollo X, XI, XII, and XVI.
In 1969, squadron C-1A's and crews operated from Danang, Republic of Vietnam in support of CTF-77. In 1971 VR-30 joined the Jet Age with two North American CT-39 Saberliners for high-speed executive airlift. In May 1973 the squadron received the first of four C-9B Skytrain II's to further improve its logistics support capability.
On 12 March 1974 the Navy's first female Aviator, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Barbara A. Allen reported for duty. After relocating to NAS North Island, VR-30 was decommissioned on 1 October 1978 and VRC-30 was concurrently commissioned. VRC-30 transitioned to the C-2A Greyhound in late 1981 with the acceptance of deliveries of reprocured C-2A aircraft, the aircraft the squadron operates today.
In February 1980, VRC-30 received its first UC-12B and in October 1980 VRC-30 established the UC-12B/F Fleet Replacement Squadron, providing ground and flight instruction for all Pacific Fleet Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrew in the UC-12 Beechcraft Super King Air. VRC-30's C-12 FRS acts as the U.S. Navy C-12 B/F Fleet Model Manager and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet NATOPS Evaluator in addition to their primary job of flight instruction.
On January 12, 1984, the VRC-30 "Providers" officially adopted their present insignia. The mythological legend of "Pegasus" illustrates the mission of the squadron-airborne delivery of personnel and material to units of the Pacific Fleet.
1994 marked one of the most dynamic periods in VRC-30's history. When VRC-50 was disestablished in September 1994, VRC-30 became the sole C-2 squadron in the Pacific, assuming the responsibility of providing COD support to all Pacific Fleet carriers. In order to support the expansion of VRC-30's area of responsibility, the command has undergone a transition from shore-based operations to sea-based major deployment operations. The transition involved tremendous changes in manning, missions and aircraft. On August 1994, VRC-30 Det. 5 was established in Atsugi, Japan, supporting Carrier Air Wing 5 and USS Independence (CV 62). In addition to the Atsugi Detachment, the squadron maintains four sea going detachments, home based at North Island. These detachments support all Pacific Fleet carriers during their WESTPAC cruise and all CONUS at sea periods. In 1997 VRC-30's detachment THREE became the first fully integrated, night capable C-2 detachment when it deployed with CVW-2 aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64).
1998 proved to be another banner year for the Providers at VRC-30. Provider detachments continued to set the standard for day/night logistics support with two highly successful deployments. Detachment ONE posted an impressive total of over 290,000 lbs. of cargo, 175,000 lbs. of mail, and over 2300 passengers carried in support of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Battlegroup. While on WESTPAC Detachment ONE earned the Golden Hook Award for the best landing grades in the Airwing, a squadron first. Detachment TWO aboard USS Carl VINSON (CVN-70) followed suit, operating daily in support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Southern Watch. In calendar year 1998, VRC-30 was able to accomplish astounding results including: 1356 carrier landings, 14,360 passengers, 1,877,973 lbs of cargo, and a sortie completion rate of 99.9%.
In January 2001 DET-III began FLEET-EX with the USS Constellation, CV-64. And in February 2001 VRC-30 welcomed home DET-I after a six month deployment with the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN-72.
VRC-30 was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for the years, 1979, 1983-1985, 1990 and 1991. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for exemplary service from October 1993 to September 1994. As of August 1996, the squadron has achieved 22 years and over 125,000 hours of accident-free flight. The PROVIDERS exceptional safety record was extended on 31 December 1999 to over 24 years and 149,600 flight hours without a mishap. In 1999, the PROVIDERS OF VRC30 did not have a single class Alpha or Bravo mishap. Twelve PROVIDERS were selected "Pro's' of the Week" for their excepational professionalism and safety awareness. Despite a reduction in personnel by 40%, the command broke the previous record for embarked sorties by 17%. The command carried more passengers, mail and cargo to carriers at sea over any previous year.
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