The mission of the highly-valued C-2A Greyhound, manufactured by Northrop-Grumman, is to provide high priority logistics support to aircraft carrier strike groups. Flown by the VRC-30 "Providers" at San Diego, Ca, VRC-30-Detachment Five stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, as well as the VRC-40 "Rawhides" and the VAW-120 "Greyhawks," both stationed at Norfolk, Va., the Greyhound delivers throughout every region of the world.
A highly flexible aircraft, the Greyhound, also commonly referred to as the Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD), lands aboard aircraft carriers principally to deliver cargo, mail, and passengers. Additionally, the Greyhound is an approved special warfare asset, capable of airdropping a SAAL (Sea Air Land) platoon's inflatable combat rubber raiding craft out of its ramp, and deploying the platoon after its release. This enable the SEALs to operate in close proximity to enemy shores. A similar capability allows the Greyhound to be used as a viable search and rescue (SAR) platform, capable of airdropping life rafts and provisions to people who are in peril on the sea.
The Greyhound is the venerable workhorse for carrier logistic support in the United States Armed Forces.