NORFOLK (NNS) -- The "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) Detachment (Det.) 3 returned to Naval Station Norfolk on May 21 from a seven-month deployment in support of global war on terrorism.
Det. 3 was part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, flying the C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery (COD), transporting cargo, mail and passengers to support the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in maintaining around-the-clock air operations.
"We are the lifeline of the ship," said Cmdr. Matt Westfall, executive officer of VRC-40. "A good way to think of it really is we are a very specialized airline."
Officer in charge of VRC-40, Lt. Cmdr. John Fisher, was impressed by his crews' hard work.
"They were fantastic, that's what kept us going the whole time. The troops took care of the planes, flew them ... they're great."
The pilots weren't the only part of the detachment that kept busy, scores of maintainers kept constant watch over the CODs, conducting maintenance and related services to keep the detachments two aircraft operational.
Aircraft Machinist's Mate Airman Ashley Maynard, a maintainer, was proud of his hard work and was glad to be home.
"I feel great. It's been a long eight months. The deployment was great."
"It's been a long time and I'm excited," said the wife of VRC-40 Det. 3's officer in charge, whose daughter was 2 days old when VRC-40 deployed.
VRC-40 was part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, which deployed Oct. 3 and completed the longest deployment since 2003.
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