departed UK for Mediterranean, with embarked units and at least S-55 WV223 for delivery to 728 NAS C Flt at Hal Far.
6 Whilrwind HAS.7 of 820 NAS embarked for Mediterranean operations until Aug 1958
Scimitar upgrade refitair search radar Type 965 Refit at HMD Devonport, removed deck edge lift, added Type 965 radar (replacing Type 293). Fire broke out 9 Apr 1959 during the refit, delaying completion to 28 Dec 1959.
Phantom upgrade refitair direction radar Type 982 until Dec 1969, strengthening the flight deck and angling at 8.5 deg, water-cooled Jet Blast Deflectors, perforated cylinder Direct Acting Gear for the arrests, installation of Type 982/3 radars, replacement of the Type 963 radar by the SPN-35 CCA radar, Corvus chaff and fitting the Seacat missile launchers. Re-commissioned on 25 Feb 1970.
during refit, fire broke out while in HMD Devonport.
struck by Russian Kotlin class vessel Bravvy (365) while shadowing HMS Ark Royal during Mediterranean Exercise Lime Jug, off Crete.
until 15 Apr 1971 in refit at HMD Devonport, including repairs to holes above waterline from damage by Bravvy in Mediterranean collision.
departed HMNB Devonport for 2 month Caribbean and North Atlantic deployment, returning 30 Jul
departed from HMNB Portsmouth for a 5 week Mediterranean deployment, returning to HMNB Devonport 7 Dec
departed HMNB Devonport for 6 week Caribbean and North Atlantic deployment, returning 9 Mar
Bermuda areanear Bermuda detached from exercise with US Navy and ordered towards British Honduras. On 26 Jan she launched Buccaneers of 809 NAS at extreme range to overfly the capital to deter Guatemalan ambitions.
Wessex HAS.1 XP112 assigned as SAR Flt/046-R until c Jun 1975.
Accident SAR Flt Wessex XS875/047-R crashed on deck while off northern Scotland
Wessex HAS 1 XS875 suffered complete engine failure due to shedding a blade in the 7th stage of the compressor. It was NOT off Northern Scotland but in the English Channel, about 60 miles West of the Isle of White in a storm force 9. It had launched to rescue the crew of a small coastal ship carrying gravel which had shifted in the heavy seas and capsised, the crew of 5 had taken to the life raft. I know this because I was the pilot involved!
Wessex HAS.1 XP112 assigned as SAR Flt/047-R until 17 Sep 1975.