Gulf of AdenOperation Kipion Departed HMNB Portsmouth on her maiden deployment for 7 month (planned) counter piracy and maritime security operations around the Middle East and Indian Ocean. Relieved HMS Monmouth, on station in Gulf of Aden, on 24 Apr. Operating initially with 2x Lynx HMA.8 embarked (815 NAS 226 Flt and later 219 Flt), 219 Flt was later re-assigned to RFA Cardigan Bay on station. Relieved on station by HMS Montrose on 19 Sep and after re-tasking in Mediterranean on home leg, returned on 22 Nov.
exercising with USS Nimitz and its carrier group in Gulf of Oman.
start of 12 month refit at HMD Portsmouth, left dry dock mid Jan 2016 after hull and machinery overhaul. Still to complete work on electric propulsion, weapons systems, sensors and communications, living quarters.
Clyde Challenger Rescue Rescued 14 crew from de-masted racing yacht Clyde Challenger in the North Atlantic.