VRC 30 Det 3 Bahrain 2009
Since I have been posting my C-2 build I thought you all might be interested to see some pictures from my deployment to Bahrain. In VRC 30 we deployed in two aircraft Detachments attached to a Carrier Battle Group. We were aboard USS Nimitz and my Det, Det 3 was part of Carrier Air Wing 11. Interestingly enough my Dets radio call sign for ground operations was "Crusader" dating back well before 9/11. Needless to say we did not use that when in the Middle East! COD detachments typically use the "boat" as a taxi riding it to within flight range of a land base. We then load up all our gear and personnel and fly off the ship to set up shop. A typical fly day started before first light and ended in the late afternoon. Early in our time there it was so hot that if we did not get airborne before temps rose, we would have to start unloading cargo or we would be too heavy to take off in the heat. We flew everything from mail, to engines and spare parts, E-1s to the Chief of Naval Operations, Rock Stars and Senators as well. The first picture is of the flight line at the Aviation Unit, it was a very crowded patch of tarmac. Next a "drop check" on the landing gear, pre flight and launch. Note the areas of primer on 32. We never had enough time to keep up on corrosion work and 32 got to the point where we did the complete re-paint of her with the black and red tail over Christmas stand down. I also threw in a pic of her "swimming" one day after the rainy season started. Last several pics are of aircraft coming and going at the Av unit. For those interested in detail shots, there is a photo album in the reference section for C-2s over on Cybermodeler.