North ShieldsNorthumbrian Quay visited Tyneside at Northumbrian Quay until 9 Feb.
visited Gibraltar, with Lynx HMA.8 ZF560/456 embarked.
Operation Kipion departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month maritime security operations in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Gulf with 815 NAS 219 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked. Included escort duty as part of USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Group and intensive Wildcat trials (qv) in Sep. Relieved by HMS Defender in mid Nov and arrived back in HMNB Portsmouth on 27 Nov
departed Odessa in the Black Sea, to participate in Exercise Sea Breeze
Strait of Hormuz (choke) Operating in Persian Gulf to assist British shipping passing the Strait of Hormuz, during a period of heightened international tension around the Persian Gulf between Bandar Abbas and the UAE.