A new chapter in Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 (VR-61) storied history opened on Nov. 21, 2014. VR-61 accepted the Navy’s newest C-40A Clipper, 168980, a commercial Boeing 737-700.
As fate would have it, this plane was also Boeing’s 5,000th next generation 737 off the production line. Whidbey Island was a natural fit for 980 to call home as it was assembled right here in Washington.
Fleet Logistics Support Wing Deputy Commodore, Capt Scott Eargle, Boeing C-40A Program Manager Scott Dieckhaus and the Islanders officially welcomed 980 on Dec. 6, 2014 into service at a ceremony in Hangar 11.
With the acceptance of their new aircraft, VR-61’s capabilities have been upgraded. The new jet can accommodate more passengers and cargo and has a greater range than its predecessor, the C-9B Skytrain. With a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet the C-40A can also climb above most weather disturbances which translates into a smoother more comfortable ride for Sailors and Marines.
VR-61 is comprised of over 250 professionals, both Active Duty personnel and Selected Reservists. The squadron provides seven days a week, around the clock, worldwide logistics support to all Department of Defense agencies.