Launched (note: some commentators say 28 Jun 1961 was launch day)
Commissioned as Batch 1 Leander
Aircraft embarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 995-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Jan 1964.
Aircraft embarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS534 / 996-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Dec 1963.
Aircraft assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 479-LE Leander Flt
Deployment Began 8 week work-up from Portland, UK with 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS571 / 476-LE embarked
Deployment sailed HMNB Portsmouth for a 10 month Far East deployment, leaving New Zealand on 28 Dec and arriving back at Portsmouth on 24 Jan 1967, where the Ships Flight (XS571 / 476-LE) disembarked to Portland.
DeploymentYanbu AirportAccident ran gently aground outside Yanbu and refloated same day.
Deployment departed Portland for West Indies deployment. Relieved HMS Mohawk on station as West Indies Guardship, returned to HMNB Portsmouth earlier than planned (on 18 Aug), after difficulties with her boilers.
Aircraft assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS529 / 476 as Leander Flt
RefitIkara Commenced Ikara refit, completed Dec 1972