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.