DeploymentKonfrontasi departed HMNB Portsmouth for 10 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment via the Mediterranean, based from Singapore. Wessex HAS.1 of 814 NAS embarked. Relieved by HMS Ark Royal in Jul 1963 and sailed for the UK. Ordered to remain off Aden, she was replaced there by HMS Victorious in Red Sea, continuing on 21 Jul and returned Aug 1963.
AircraftHMD PortsmouthDeparture prior to deployment for Far East later that day while still in the English Channel, the Fairey Swordfish which had been hoisted aboard for the Taranto Day celebrations on 11 Nov, flew off. Last departure of a Swordfish from a carrier.
AircraftAccident SAR Flt Whirlwind XN360/986-H ditched and sank in the Irish Sea, en route Brawdy.
Aircraftoff AdenAccident Whirlwind XK935 SAR Flt/985 since Oct 1962, ditched and sank, 23nm SW of Aden.
AircraftSubic Bay HarbourAccident lost 814Sq Wessex HAS.1 XM924/344-H when ditched and sank 15 Jan 1963, while operating off Philippines.
Aircraft Disembarked 814 NAS and replaced them in her air group by 819 NAS Wessex from Hal Far, until Feb 1964.
AircraftAccident Lost 814Sq Wessex XM922/344-H when ditched and sank, 12 Aug 1963 while operating off Aden
Refit refit at HMD Devonport for c 2 years, emerging Spring 1966, able to host ASW Helicopters
HMD DevonportNavy Days 1964 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1964, in refit
HMD DevonportNavy Days 1965 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965, in refit
Aircraft assigned Whirlwind HAR.9 XN258 to SAR Flt/336-H until c Nov 1966.
Aircraft until Feb 1968 Wessex HAS.1 of 826 NAS embarked and 2 SAR Flt Whirlwinds
Deployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for North Sea work-up, returning 18 Nov
Deployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment. Relieved HMS Victorious off Aden in Apr. Ordered back to Aden from Gan on 3 Jun as the Middle East six day war broke out. Reached Far East base at Singapore on 22 Jun. Departed Singapore on 4 Sep for the UK via Cape Town and arrived in Portsmouth on 2 Oct.
AircraftWest MediterraneanAccident en route Malta from Gibraltar, 892Sq Sea Vixen ditched immediately following launch by catapult. 826 NAS Planeguard Wessex HAS.1 XS883/346-H on scene, was struck by the ship and lost.
Deployment Eastern Mediterranean, after Greek military coup in Athens
Deployment assigned to Eastern Task Force off Aden, guarding interests during Middle East Six Day War.
Port Visit mid-deployment maintenance in Singapore, until 17 Jul.
Deployment following Cultural Revolution in China, reinforced Hong Kong after rioting continued.
Deployment departed UK for Western Atlantic deployment to Caribbean and Canada with Wessex HU.5 of 845 NAS embarked.
DeploymentAkrotiri BayAkrotiriPartition of Cyprus Disembarked 41 Commando RM (from Malta) on Cyprus during the emergency, while Sea Kings from 814 NAS assisted evacuation of civilians from a beach near Kyrenia
Refit alongside at HMD Devonport for an extended period of maintenance, until Feb 1975
DeploymentEastern Mediterranean departed HMNB Devonport for Mediterranean & North Sea deployment, until Dec.
AircraftAccident Sea King XV695 accident, North Sea
RefitASW Carrier refit to convert for Anti-Submarine helicopter operations
Port VisitHMD DevonportNavy Days 1976 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
DeploymentHMNB PortsmouthNavy Days 1981 present at Portsmouth Navy Days 1981, Sea King HAS.5 XZ919 / 141-H on deck.
Deployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for N Atlantic and eastern USA deployment, returned Dec.
Deployment Admiral Woodward s flagship for Operation Corporate in South Atlantic
DeploymentSouth AtlanticOperation Corporate Flag ship for the large UK task force (Carrier Battle Group was designated Task Force 317.8) despatched to retake the Falklands. Departed HMNB Portsmouth on 5 Apr with nine of 846 NAS Sea King HC.4 on deck. Her air group was maximised with as many RN Sea Harriers as could be mustered.
AircraftAccident Sea King HC.4 ZA311 of 846 NAS/VP ditched and sank in poor visibility inside the Falkands Total Exclusion Zone.