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USS Nimitz
Home port: San Diego, California
Personnel: More than 8,000 in battle group
Deployed: March 3, 2003 to the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz returned home to San Diego on November 5, 2003.
Battle Group: The Nimitz battle group includes the carrier with Carrier Air Wing 11 on board; the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton and USS Chosin; guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS Benfold; destroyer USS Oldendorf; frigate USS Rodney M. Davis; fast-attack submarine USS Pasadena; and fast combat supply ship USS Bridge.

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USS Kitty Hawk
Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
Personnel: More than 8,000 in battle group
Deployed: February 7, 2003, to the Middle East. The carrier and its accompanying battle group returned home on May 6, 2003
Battle Group: The Kitty Hawk battle group includes the carrier with Carrier Air Wing 5 onboard, the guided-missile cruisers USS Vincennes and USS Chancellorsville; guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur and USS John S. McCain; destroyers USS O'Brien and USS Cushing; frigates USS Gary and USS Vandegrift; and submarine USS Bremerton.

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USS Harry S. Truman
Home port: Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia
Crew: Approximately 6,000 with air wing
Deployed: December 5, 2002, to the Mediterranean Sea. The carrier and its battle group returned to Norfolk Naval Station on May 23, 2003.
Battle Group: The Harry S. Truman battle group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto; the guided-missile destroyers USS Oscar Austin, USS Mitscher and USS Donald Cook; the destroyers USS Briscoe and USS Deyo; the guided-missile frigate USS Hawes; supply ship USNS Kanawha; oiler USNS Mount Baker, and attack submarines USS Pittsburgh and USS Montpelier.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt
Home port: Norfolk, Virginia
Personnel: 8,000 in entire battle group
Deployed: The carrier and accompanying battle group deployed February 4 to the Persian Gulf, after completing a training exercise off Puerto Rico. The carrier returned home on May 29, 2003.
Battle Group: The battle group includes the carrier and Carrier Air Wing 8; guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio and USS Cape St. George; guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke, USS Porter and USS Winston Churchill; destroyer USS Stump; guided-missile frigate USS Carr; fast combat support ship USNS Arctic; and two attack submarines, according to the U.S. Navy.

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USS Abraham Lincoln
Home port: Everett, Washington
Personnel: 8,000 in entire battle group
Deployed: Near the end of a scheduled six-month deployment, the carrier and accompanying battle group were ordered to sail to the Persian Gulf for duty in the war in Iraq. On April 10, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the Lincoln and its battle group left the Persian Gulf en route home. The carrier arrived on May 5, 2003 at its Everett, Washington home port, ending the longest deployment of any U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam.
Battle Group: The battle group includes the carrier with Carrier Air Wing 14 onboard, guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and USS Shiloh; the destroyers USS Paul Hamilton and USS Fletcher; the guided-missile frigates USS Crommelin and USS Reuben James; supply ship USS Camden and an undisclosed number of submarines, a Pentagon official said.

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USS Constellation
Home port: Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California
Crew: 5,630 with air wing
Deployed: November 5, 2002, to the Persian Gulf. The carrier returned to its home port on June 2, 2003.
Battle Group: The Constellation's battle group includes the following San Diego-based ships: guided-missile cruisers USS Bunker Hill and USS Valley Forge; guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins and USS Milius, and guided-missile frigate USS Thach. Other units include the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier, based in Bremerton, Washington.

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USS Chinook
Home port: Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia
Sailors: 28
Units: The Chinook is a coastal patrol ship whose primary mission is maritime special operations, including patrol and interdiction surveillance. The ship also can provide mission support for naval special operations forces.


USS Firebolt
Home port: Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia
Sailors: 28
Units: The Firebolt is a coastal patrol ship whose primary mission is maritime special operations, including coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance. The ship also can provide mission support for naval special operations forces.

HSV-X1 Joint Venture
Home port: Norfolk, Virginia
Sailors: Crew of approximately 20
Units: The Joint Venture is an Australian-built high-speed catamaran capable of ferrying vehicles and discharging them via a hydraulically operated vehicle ramp. It also includes a helicopter pad capable of handling large military helicopters like the SH-60 Sea Hawk. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps are jointly leasing the ship for testing coordinated by the Navy Warfare Development Command. The ship is attached to Naval Beach Group Two, a support command for amphibious operations.

U.S. Coast Guard
Deployed: Persian Gulf
Personnel: About 600 active-duty and reserve personnel
Cutters: Eight 110-foot Island Class cutters
Units: Port Security Unit 305, based at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and Port Security Unit 309, from Port Clinton, Ohio, and Coast Guard elements of the Navy's Harbor Defense Command Unit 206, from Jacksonville, Florida. Deployed are Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Wrangell, from South Portland, Maine; CGC Grand Isle, from Gloucester, Massachusetts; CGCs Adak and Bainbridge Island, from Sandy Hook, New Jersey; CGC Aquidneck and the crew of CGC Block Island, from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; CGCs Pea Island and Knight Island, from St. Petersburg, Florida; CGC Baranof, from Miami; and the crew of the CGC Sapelo, from Key West, Florida.

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U.S. Military Sealift Command
The Military Sealift Command operates more than 110 ships around the world that are crewed by civilians and carry the designation USNS (United States Naval Ships). They are not commissioned ships but some MSC ships have small military departments assigned to carry out specialized military functions like communications and supply operations. The following MSC ships are working on ferrying military equipment and supplies to the Persian Gulf and back to the United States.


USNS Comfort
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Deployed to: Persian Gulf
Crew: About 1,100 Navy and civilian personnel.

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USNS Algol
Home port: New Orleans, Louisiana
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Altair
Home port: Lamberts Point, Norfolk, Virginia
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Antares
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Bellatrix
Home port: New Orleans, Louisiana
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Bob Hope
Home port: Charleston, South Carolina
Crew: 30 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Brittin
Crew: 25 civilians
Type: Large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off sealift ships used to carry U.S. Army equipment for use in the Middle East and Far East.


USNS Capella
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Curtiss
Home port: Port Hueneme, California
Crew: 33 civilians
Type: Merchant ships converted to provide maintenance and logistic support for Marine aircraft in forward operating areas.


USNS Dahl
Home port: Diego Garcia
Crew: 30 civilians
Type: Cargo ship normally used to preposition Army cargo at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean had off-loaded her cargo in Southwest Asia and returned to the U.S. to load more gear at Jacksonville.


USNS Denobola
Home port: Staten Island, New York
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Fisher
Crew: 25 civilians
Type: Large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off sealift ships used to carry U.S. Army equipment for use in the Middle East and Far East.


USNS Mendonca
Home port: Newport News, Virginia
Crew: 30 civilians and 14 military personnel
Type: Large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off sealift ships used to carry U.S. Army equipment for use in the Middle East and Far East.


USNS Pililaau
Crew: 25 civilians
Type: Large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off sealift ships used to carry U.S. Army equipment for use in the Middle East and Far East.


USNS Pollux
Home port: New Orleans, Louisiana
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Regulus
Home port: Norfolk, Virginia
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Commercial container ships converted by the U.S. Navy to "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle cargo ships, capable of rapidly deploying heavy ground forces around the world.


USNS Seay
Crew: 25 civilians
Type: Large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off sealift ships used to carry U.S. Army equipment for use in the Middle East and Far East.


USNS Shughart
Home port: Usually forward deployed in the Persian Gulf region.
Crew: 45 civilians and 50 military personnel
Type: Commercial ships converted to carry military cargo. A Shughart-class ship can carry 58 M1 Abrams tanks, 48 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 900 trucks and other assorted equipment. The class was named for Sgt. Randy Shughart, a Delta Force sniper who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for attempting to save the crew of a downed Black Hawk helicopter during the 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia.


USNS Wright
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Crew: 33 civilians
Type: Merchant ships converted to provide maintenance and logistic support for Marine aircraft in forward operating areas.


Ready Reserve Force
The U.S. Maritime Administration, acting on orders from Military Sealift Command (MSC), also activated 26 Ready Reserve Force (RRF) cargo vessels to ferry supplies in support Operation Enduring Freedom. RRF ships are owned and maintained by the Maritime Administration to meet surge-shipping requirements for the U.S. The ships are usually kept in what the MSC calls reduced operating status at various berths around the nation. When activated, RRF ships come under Military Sealift Command operational control.


Cape Decision, Cape Diamond, Cape Domingo, Cape Douglas
Home port: Charleston, South Carolina
Crew: 27 civilians
Type: Cargo ships capable of carrying vehicles, shipping containers and other equipment.


Cape Edmont
Home port: Charleston, South Carolina
Crew: 32 civilians
Type: Cargo ship that carries shipping containers.


Cape Henry, Cape Horn, Cape Hudson
Home port: Cape Horn is based at Suisun Bay, California while Cape Henry and Hudson are laid up at Oakland, California.
Crew: 27 civilians
Type: Vehicle cargo ships


Cape Inscription, Cape Intrepid, Cape Isabel, Cape Island
Home ports: Cape Intrepid and Cape Island at layberths in Tacoma, Washington, and Cape Inscription and Cape Isabel at Long Beach, California.
Crew: 36 civilians
Type: Cargo ships capable of carrying vehicles, shipping containers and other equipment.


Cape John, Cape Johnson
Home ports: Cape Johnson is berthed at Baltimore Maryland and Cape John at Suisun Bay, California
Crew: Unknown
Type: Both are used to carry ammunition and other supplies for deployed military ships.


Cape Kennedy, Cape Knox
Home port: New Orleans, Louisiana
Crew: 43 civilians
Type: Vehicle cargo ships


Cape Orlando
Home port: San Francisco, California.
Crew: 28 civilians
Type: Vehicle cargo ships with 10,500 square meters of vehicle parking space and can carry 252 standard 20-foot cargo containers.


Cape Race, Cape Ray, Cape Rise
Home port: Portsmouth, Virginia
Crew: Unknown
Type: Each ship can carry 1,315 standard 20-foot shipping containers.


Cape Taylor, Cape Texas, Cape Trinity
Home port: Houston, Texas
Crew: 49 civilians
Type: Each ship can carry about 116,000 square feet of rolling stock and 348 containers of cargo.


Cape Victory
Home port: Beaumont, Texas
Crew: Unknown
Type: Ship has 100,299 square feet of cargo space and can also carry 1,306 standard 20-foot shipping containers.


Cape Wrath, Cape Washington
Home port: Baltimore, Maryland
Crew: Unknown
Type: Both have 170,762 square feet of cargo space and can carry 1,203 standard 20-foot cargo containers.

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