Konfrontasi departed HMNB Portsmouth for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment via the Mediterranean, based from Singapore. Wessex HAS.1 of 814 NAS embarked. Relieved by HMS Ark Royal in Jul 1963 and sailed for the UK. Ordered to remain off Aden, she was replaced there by HMS Victorious in Red Sea, continuing on 21 Jul and returned Aug 1963.
HMD PortsmouthDeparture prior to deployment for Far East later that day while still in the English Channel, the Fairey Swordfish which had been hoisted aboard for the Taranto Day celebrations on 11 Nov, flew off. Last departure of a Swordfish from a carrier.
Accident SAR Flt Whirlwind XN360/986-H ditched and sank in the Irish Sea, en route Brawdy.
off AdenAccident Whirlwind XK935 SAR Flt/985 since Oct 1962, ditched and sank, 23nm SW of Aden.
Subic Bay HarbourAccident lost 814Sq Wessex HAS.1 XM924/344-H when ditched and sank 15 Jan 1963, while operating off Philippines.
Disembarked 814 NAS and replaced them in her air group by 819 NAS Wessex from Hal Far, until Feb 1964.
Accident Lost 814Sq Wessex XM922/344-H when ditched and sank, 12 Aug 1963 while operating off Aden
refit at HMD Devonport for c 2 years, emerging Spring 1966
assigned Whirlwind HAR.9 XN258 to SAR Flt/336-H until c Nov 1966.
until Feb 1968 Wessex HAS.1 of 826 NAS embarked and 2 SAR Flt Whirlwinds
departed HMNB Portsmouth for North Sea work-up, returning 18 Nov
departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment. Relieved HMS Victorious off Aden in Apr. Ordered back to Aden from Gan on 3 Jun as the Middle East six day war broke out. Reached Far East base at Singapore on 22 Jun. Departed Singapore on 4 Sep for the UK via Cape Town and arrived in Portsmouth on 2 Oct.
West MediterraneanAccident en route Malta from Gibraltar, 892Sq Sea Vixen ditched immediately following launch by catapult. 826 NAS Planeguard Wessex HAS.1 XS883/346-H on scene, was struck by the ship and lost.
Eastern Mediterranean, after Greek military coup in Athens
assigned to Eastern Task Force off Aden, guarding interests during Middle East Six Day War.
mid-deployment maintenance in Singapore, until 17 Jul.
following Cultural Revolution in China, reinforced Hong Kong after rioting continued.
departed HMNB Portsmouth for N Atlantic and eastern USA deployment, returned Dec.
Admiral Woodward s flagship for Operation Corporate in South Atlantic
Operation Corporate Flag ship for the large UK task force (Carrier Battle Group was designated Task Force 317.8) despatched to retake the Falklands. Her air group was maximised with as many RN Sea Harriers as could be mustered.
Accident Sea King HC.4 ZA311 of 846 NAS/VP ditched and sank in poor visibility inside the Falkands Total Exclusion Zone.
alongside maintenance at HMD Portsmouth, which was extended to include South Atlantic repairs, until Nov 1982.
embarked Sea Kings of 814 NAS as part of her Air Group until c Jun 1983
departed HMNB Portsmouth for Mediterranean deployment with mixed aviation assets of 845 NAS (Wessex) and 846 NAS (Sea King) embarked. Returned to UK on 22 Nov for the last time, to pay off.
R22 INS Viraat at HMD Devonport (UK) for Indian Navy service
R22 INS Viraat bought by Indian Navy from RN (ex HMS Hermes)