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'Crusaders' Return Home

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Story Number: NNS071003-01
Release Date: 10/3/2007 11:12:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michelle E. Rhonehouse, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, Det. 3, the “Crusaders," returned to their homeport at Naval Air Station North Island Sept. 29 after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf.

While deployed, VRC-30 Det. 3 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 as part of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

The Crusaders, who employ the C-2A Greyhound aircraft, supported Nimitz CSG by carrying approximately half a million pounds of cargo, 3,000 passengers and distinguished visitors, and flying 774 hours with a 98-percent sortie completion rate.

“We accomplished a lot out there,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Biemiller, VRC-30, Det. 3 officer in charge. “The numbers prove that we successfully executed our mission.”

VRC-30 flew into Chennai, India and set up detachments there for the first time ever.

“We were all very excited about going to India,” said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW) Bill Shepard, assigned to VRC-30, Det. 3. “Our Sailors did a great job out there and proved we can go anywhere and do anything.”

Friends and family members waited in VRC-30’s hangar bay to greet the crew of the two returning C-2A Greyhounds. They shed tears, hugged and kissed the aviators after they made their way on the tarmac.

VRC-30 was established in 1943 and has five detachments, including a forward deployed detachment aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Their primary mission is to deliver high priority logistics support to local aircraft carriers, conduct distinguished visitor missions and support naval special warfare.

Nimitz CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. Terry Blake, is comprised of Commander, CSG 11, CVW 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23. It includes the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz; guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59); guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91); two detachments from the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 49, the “Scorpions,” and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Det. 15.

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