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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

HMS Ark Royal leaves Portsmouth, England, on January 13, 2003, at the head of Naval Task Group 2003.  
British Naval Task Group 2003

Personnel: More than 4,000

Home port: Portsmouth, England

Deployed to: Mediterranean Sea

Units: The task force is headed by aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, accompanied by helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, destroyers HMS Liverpool, HMS Edinburgh, HMS York, an unidentified nuclear-powered submarine and 11 other support ships.

The amphibious force deploying with the ships numbers 4,000 and includes the 40th Commando Royal Marines, 42nd Commando Royal Marines, Headquarter 3rd Commando Brigade and helicopter air groups aboard Ark Royal and Ocean.

Duties: The task force is one of the largest military deployments ordered by Great Britain since the 1982 Falklands War.

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