VRC-30 deploys using the detachment
concept. There are four detachments based at
Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA and one permanently
forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan. Each detachment utilizes two
aircraft to accomplish the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission for their assigned
Pacific Fleet Strike Group. The COD mission includes the transport of
high priority parts, general cargo, mail, and passengers, including
distinguished visitors encompassing U.S. and foreign diplomats and
dignitaries. Each detachment is usually manned with seven pilots, one
maintenance officer, and 34 enlisted personnel, including six enlisted
Detachment ONE recently completed a very successful five month surge in 2009 deploying with Carrier AIRWING FOURTEEN on USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. This highly regarded detachment flew over 700 hours while safely transporting 2,348 passengers, 303 distinguished visitors, 286,705 pounds of high priority cargo and 53,785 pounds of mail to the RONALD REAGAN Strike Group. The detachment deployed again in 2010 in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise in which the detachment transported a remarkable 616 distinguished visitors, 627 passengers, and 87,850 pounds of high priority cargo and mail in only six weeks.
Detachment TWO recently completed a very successful deployment with Carrier AIRWING TWO aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN in the North Arabian Sea. The Detachment flew a total of 316 flight hours while safely transporting 2313 passengers, 522 distinguished visitors, over 400,000 pounds of high priority cargo, and 127,000 pounds of mail between ship and shore over the course of the six month deployment.
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.
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.
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.