originally as HMS Fowey. To be completed as a Leander class. Yard No. V.1285
attended by Wessex HAS.1 XM923/989-D ferrying VIP to launch
assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS537/180-AJ as Ajax Flt, recoded /460-AJ before 1966.
to 1968 part of 24 Escort Group in the Far East
visited Hong Kong until 24 Sep.
period of intensive maintenance alongside in Singapore until 6 Feb 1966.
part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
Gan recovered survivors from crash of 205 Squadron Shackleton MR2 WL786 on previous day from Indian Ocean, near Gan.
Ajax commenced refit at Chatham Dockyard. Sailed for work-up at Portland in September. 16.12.68: Departed Portsmouth en-route to Far East Station. Called at Santa Cruz de Tenerife 22-24 December. On Christmas Day, was the only RN warship at sea.
Following her return from the FES in September 69, Ajax spent time at Chatham before heading to Portsmouth for ammunitioning and a work-up period at Portland. She returned to Chatham in December for crew leave. In Jan 1970, she sailed for a 4-month period in the Med, calling at Gibraltar (Guard Ship), Tangiers (Morocco), Malta (Feb
Following her Med deployment, Ajax returned to Chatham in April for ships company leave. Between May and Sep she visited the following ports: Devonport, Port Talbot, Liverpool (in company with HMS Albion), Londonderry, Loch Melfort, Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Cape Wrath, Scapa Flow, Thurso, Dundee, Leith (Commonwealth Games. Also accompanied by HMS Lincoln), Hull, Kiel, Antwerp. Paid off at Chatham in September prior to her refit with Ikara.