Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (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 1950, VR-5 moved its base of operations from NAS Seattle, Washington to NAS Moffett Field, California, leaving a detachment at Seattle and establishing a second detachment at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. VR-5 was decommissioned July 15, 1957 and became VR-21, with detachments at NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS North Island, San Diego, California.
On June 26, 1956, VR-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California 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, California in 1960.
After relocating to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VR-30 was decommissioned on October 1, 1978 and VRC-30 was commissioned at that time. 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.
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.
VRC-30 currently operates 16 C-2A Greyhounds and 3 UC-12 Super King Airs. Today the squadron has two primary missions, which consist of C-2A Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics support and UC-12 FRS training of pilots and aircrewman. Under the operational and administrative control of Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, VRC-30 consists of 63 officers and 391 enlisted personnel. As of August 1996, the squadron has achieved 22 years and over 125,000 hours of accident-free flight. 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.
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. The Providers have always lived up to their motto “We Deliver”, and now validate their claim on a daily basis to destinations which span more than half of the globe.
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What most people don’t know is that VR-30 COD was the very first to get the Grumman C-2A Greyhound. Even if only for a few months in 1966, VR-30 was responsible for the C-2 program and the NATOPS. The C-2A was transferred to VRC-50.
I was a crew member in VR-30 from 1976-1978. I was on a C-9B Skytrain flight crew and enjoyed every minute of it. We had the mission of pathfinding for a Marine unit of A-4 Skyhawks to Wake Island. It was the highlight of my career in the USN.
Found this website by surprise, saw your name & said his name sounds familiar,then saw your post. Don’t know if you remember me, Gary Ault, 1977-1978. I went on a pathfinder early 78 to Midway Island, Guam PI & Japan. I had a blast too. Great people to work with. I think about Glenda Pasqua, Pete Bama, Lt Rommel, Chief Hicks & several others.
Got transferred to Pensacola & served under the last enlisted Naval Aviator Pilot, MC Robert “NAP” K. Jones. That was an honor.
Great to hear from a fellow shipmate.
I recognized your name then read your post. I don’t know if you remember me, Gary Ault, I arrive 1977-1978. We were in served in the Aircrew shop upstairs in the hangar. I went on a Pathfinder mission in 1978 to Midway Island, Guam, PI & Japan. I too will never forget that deployment. I really enjoyed the people in VR-30.
I arrived at VR-30 in 1970 and worked on avionics. I had a wonderful experience during that time.
I’ll never forget those days!
I arrived at VR-30 in summer of 1971. I also worked on the aircraft avionics (work center 210) at the hanger until Nov 1974. I don’t remember you. Maybe you worked bench avionics. I also had a wonderful experience during my 3 years there. I was married and lived off base with my new bride in Oakland. Still married after 51 years. It’s good to hear from another VR-30 shipmate.
I worked in Personnel from Nov 68-Nov 70
I was in personnel from Nov 68-Nov70
i was in power plants the years of 1972-76, i went to jet a school in militon Tennessee, long beach for the c9 b 727 jets and the star liner i miss having fun with my shipmates.
Hi All, I remember alot of you that was their from 1971 to 1974 when I got out. So many good people in the AE shop like you all and Bobbie Johnson who I helped get into aircrew. My name is Robert taylor and I started in line div in 71 and moved to airframe and then to aircrew and became a loadmaster for the c9 fleet. 113,114,115,116 also the C1A’s and the T-39’s. Good to here some of the good old boys and girls are still around. I was and AMH-2 when I left for Kingsville Texas.
I was Legal Yeoman 1969 through 1970. Does anyone remember the hanger number for VR-30? Also, does anyone remember Gary Owens, the Legal Yeoman who preceded me?
left in March 1969. cannot recall Owens, seaman, Vose , Gulla. Was the best duty. just stated BART then also.
cheers for the new year
hey all. kowal here, was assigned to vr-30 may 1968 t0 1969. crew member on cods and convair 121. did logs for pilots and worked the line. one hook and catapult off enterprise. lots of t@gs at Moffitt field. some big hanger there. yuma az, san diego , reno with a bunch of admirals. some weapons, i Rember Lt Whitenight. VO-67 was also being decomd adjacent hanger. had to get a secret clearance for crew. lots of exploring san fran, went to the Heidi game (jets, Oakland. ). Berkley. and son on.
great duty ther. flag football champs too..
I’m Mac Hall Iwas at VR 21 when it changed to VR 30. I arrived there in 65 and stayed until 67 had about 200 hrs in the C1A COD crew loved it.lo