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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

A SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assists the combat stores ship USNS San Jose in resupplying the USS Abraham Lincoln on January 24, 2003. The Lincoln battle group's deployment has been extended, pending possible military action in Iraq.  
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Date deployed: On January 21, 2003, the U.S. Navy ordered the carrier to return to the Persian Gulf. The carrier was at the end of a six-month deployment and had been scheduled to return home. On April 10, after serving in the conflict in Iraq, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the Lincoln and its battle group were head back to the United States. On May 5, the Lincoln arrived in its Everett, Washington home port, ending the longest deployment of any U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War.
Destination: Persian Gulf
Type of vessel: Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
Home port: Everett, Washington
Total personnel: Approximately 8,000 in battle group
Aircraft: 85
Armament: Three NATO Sea Sparrow eight-tube missile launchers, four 4 20 mm Phalanx rapid-fire close-range gun systems
Maximum speed: 30-plus knots
Power Plant: Two nuclear reactors
Flight deck: 4.5 acres
Commissioned: November 11, 1989

VF-31 Tomcatters (12 F-14D Tomcats)
VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-113 Stingers (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-115 Eagles (12 F/A-18E Super Hornets)
VAW-113 Black Eagles (4 E-2C Hawkeyes)
VAQ-139 Cougars (4 EA-6B Prowlers)
VS-35 Blue Wolves (8 S-3B Vikings)
HS-4 Black Knight (4 SH-60F Sea Hawks, 2 HH-60H Seahawks)
Providers (2 C-2A Greyhounds)
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Fast-attack submarine
• USS Honolulu

Guided missile-frigate
• USS Reuben James
• USS Crommelin

Guided-missile cruisers
• USS Mobile Bay
• USS Shiloh

Combat support ship
• USNS Camden

Guided-missile destroyers
• USS Paul Hamilton

• USS Fletcher
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