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Deployments in the Persian Gulf
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Sailors man the rails as the USS Constellation returns to its home port in San Diego, California, on June 2, 2003.  
USS Constellation (CV 64)

Date deployed: November 5, 2002, to the Persian Gulf. The ship returned home from its 21st and final deployment on June 2, 2003. The Constellation one of only three non-nuclear carriers left in the Navy, was decommissioned on August 7, 2003.
Destination: Arabian Sea
Type of vessel: Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier
Home port: San Diego, California
Total personnel: Approximately 8,000 in battle group
Aircraft: Approximately 75 aircraft in nine squadrons
Armament: Sea Sparrow missile launchers, three 20mm Phalanx rapid-fire close-range gun systems
Speed: 30-plus knots
Power Plant: Eight boilers, four steam turbines
Flight deck: 4.5 acres
Commissioned: October 27, 1961

CARRIER AIRWING 2
VF-2 Bounty Hunters (10 F-14D Tomcats)
VFA-137 Kestrels (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VFA-151 Vigilantes (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VMFA-323 Death Rattlers (12 F/A-18C Hornets)
VAW-116 Sun Kings (4 E-2C Hawkeyes)
VAQ-131 Lancers (4 EA-6B Prowlers)
VS-38 Red Griffins (8 S-3B Vikings)
HS-2 Golden Falcons (2 SH-60F and 6 HH-60H Sea Hawks)
VRC-30 Providers Detatchment 2 (2 C-2A Greyhounds)

Official USS Constellation Web siteexternal link

Fast-attack submarine
• USS Columbia


Guided-missile cruiser
• USS Valley Forge
• USS Bunker Hill

Guided-missile destroyers
• USS Milius
• USS Higgins

Destroyer
• USS Fletcher

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