COD in the water……….
The C-2 Greyhound community is small in the US Navy, and today we learned that an aircraft from my old squadron VRC 30, Det 5 lost an aircraft on the way to the USS Ronald Regan. 11 aboard, 8 rescued alive 3 missing. I still know several folks there, and my heart aches wondering who was aboard. As Det personnel you fly on your aircraft a lot, going from logistics head to logistics head “island hopping”. I was Leading Chief Petty Officer/Senior Enlisted advisor for Det 3 and loved flying on our birds. Ditching always terrified me though, and if you have never been strapped in the back of a mostly dark cargo plane bucking up and down in the air turbulence a modern carrier puts out as it moves across the ocean as you come in to catch the wire, well that is a come to Jesus moment. My prayers go out to all and maybe it’s selfish, but I hope none of my friends were aboard. A*s and trash, beans and bullets, that is the CODs mission, unsung and more dangerous than people know.