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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

USS Kitty Hawk returns to Yokosuka, Japan, on May 6, 2003, from a deployment to the Persian Gulf.  
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)

Date deployed: February 7, 2003. The Kitty Hawk and its accompanying battle group returned home on May 6, 2003.
Destination: Persian Gulf
Type of vessel: Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier
Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
Total personnel: Approximately 8,000 in battle group
Aircraft: 85
Armament: Three Sea Sparrow launchers, three 20mm Phalanx rapid-fire close-range gun systems
Speed: 30-plus knots
Power plant: Eight boilers, four steam turbines
Flight deck: 4.1 acres
Commissioned: April 29, 1961

Carrier Air Wing 5
VF-154 Black Knights (12 F-14A Tomcats)
VFA-27 Royal Maces (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-192 Golden Dragons (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-195 Dambusters (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VAQ-136 Gauntlets (4 EA-6B Prowlers)
VAW-115 Liberty Bells (4 E-2C Hawkeyes)
VS-21 Fighting Redtails (8 S-3B Vikings)
HS-14 Chargers (4 SH-60F Sea Hawks, 2 HH-60H)

Fast-attack submarine
• USS Bremerton

Guided-missile frigate
• USS Gary
• USS Vandegrift

Guided-missile cruisers
• USS Vincennes
• USS Chancellorsville

Guided-missile destroyers
• USS Curtis Wilbur
• USS John S. McCain

• USS O'Brien
• USS Cushing
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