Freetown PortSierra LeoneOperation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser and arrived on 14 May with 42 Commando RM, six Sea Kings of 846 NAS, two Lynx and two Gazelle from 847 NAS and two Chinooks from RAF 7 Sq embarked. Departed Freetown on 15 Jun.
Operation Telic to support combat operations in Iraq, standing off Kuwait, and embarked at least nine Sea Kings of 845 NAS plus six Lynx and six Gazelle of 847 NAS, together with 40 Commando RM. Left theatre on 28 May 2003
Freetown Port 4 day visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone, 10 years after her deployment on Operation Palliser.
visited Tyneside for 4 days
Libyan coastGulf of SirteOperation Unified Protector Departed HMNB Devonport for 7 week work up, diverted to Mediterranean deployment for operations off Libya. 857 NAS detachment embarked in late May and arrived back at Culdrose on 27 Sep 2011. The deployment included first time combat operations from a maritime platform by the Army Attack Helicopter Force, where 3 (eventually 5) Apache AH.1 of 656 Squadron joined the ship. Returned to UK 9 Dec 2011.
Greenwich ReachLondon 2012 Olympic security to Greenwich Reach as a maritime logistic hub in support of Police maritime security operations at London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, until 11 Sep, when she departed on the midday tide.
surface and low level air search radar Type 997 entered 10 Dock at HMD Devonport with Babcock for 15 month major upkeep and upgrade programme. Includes new Type 997 Artisan radar, 30mm guns, IT and environmental systems, with a new 20kt top speed. Came out of dry dock on 31 Jul 2013 and is due to complete 2014.
JEFM2016Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016 departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Mediterranean and Middle East maritime security deployment, incluing a period as Flagship for CTF-50. Detachment of 820 NAS Merlin embarked which included ZH835 and ZH854. Returned to Plymouth 24 Mar 2017.