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Deployments in the Persian Gulf
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Aviation ordnancemen transport bombs from the USS Theodore Roosevelt's flight deck on January 22, 2003. The carrier is conducting training exercises in the Caribbean Sea, while preparing to deploy to U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf.  
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)

Date deployed: January 21, 2003. The carrier returned home on May 29, 2003.
Destination: Mediterranean Sea
Type of vessel: Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
Home port: Norfolk, Virginia
Total personnel: Approximately 8,000 in battle group
Aircraft: 85
Armament: Three NATO Sea Sparrow eight-tube missile launchers, four 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: October 25, 1986

CARRIER AIR WING 8
VF-14 Tophatters (10 F-14D Tomcats)
VMFA-312 Checkerboards (12 F/A-18B Hornets)
VFA-15 Valions (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-87 Golden Warriors (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VAQ-141 Shadowhawks (4 EA-6B Prowlers)
VAW-124 Bear Aces (4 E-2C Hawkeyes)
VS-24 Scouts (8 S-3B Vikings)
HS-3 Tridents (6 SH-60F Sea Hawks, 2 HH-60H)
VRC-40 Rawhides (4 C-2A Greyhounds)
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Guided-missile cruisers
• USS Anzio
• USS Cape St. George

Combat support ship
• USS Arctic

Guided-missile destroyers
• USS Arleigh Burke
• USS Winston S. Churchill
• USS Porter

Destroyer
• USS Stump
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