Imagine a bustling city, constantly on the move, yet tethered to no single location. That’s the essence of a US Navy aircraft carrier.

But unlike a city, a carrier can’t simply pull over to stock up on supplies.

This is where the Grumman C-2 Greyhound, affectionately nicknamed the “COD” (Carrier Onboard Delivery), earns its wings.

A Workhorse Designed for Delivery

Developed in the 1960s, the C-2 Greyhound isn’t a glamorous fighter jet or a sleek surveillance aircraft. Rather, it’s a twin-engine turboprop transport, a testament to function over form.

Its high-wing design and robust fuselage allow it to carry a hefty payload of up to 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms).

Whether it’s vital jet engines, critical medical supplies, or even the crew’s mail, the COD ensures a carrier has what it needs, when it needs it.

C-2A COD aircraft
A C-2A Greyhound COD aircraft taxis prior to takeoff in February 1984. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

More Than Just Cargo: The COD’s Versatility

Imagine a critical jet engine failing on a carrier hundreds of miles from land. The COD swoops in, delivering the replacement engine, ensuring the carrier’s airpower remains intact.

Perhaps a medical emergency arises. The Greyhound’s spacious cabin, easily reconfigurable for medical needs, becomes a flying ambulance, swiftly transporting the patient to specialized care.
Or maybe it’s simply the routine delivery of crew mail, a small but vital connection to home that keeps morale high.