HMD RosythAccident While under tow in the North Sea, heading for Rosyth, was in collision with mv Maystone which sank with loss of life, leaving hole in port side. Reached Rosyth on 19 Oct for repairs and planned bottom scrape.
HMAS KuttabulSydney visited Sydney, while on maiden deployment to Far East and Australia
Deck id Z until 1957, then A. First carrier to be completed with an angled deck (5 deg) and a deck landing mirror sight (DLMS).
assigned Dragonfly HR.3 to SAR Flt WG669/902-Z until c Jun 1955
departed UK on maiden deployment to Far East, returning in May.
SAR Flt assigned Whirlwind HAR.3 to SAR Flt XG577 / 979-Z and XG578 / 980-Z, until c Sep 1957
after rapid work installing tie down points, departed UK with 42 Commando RM and HQ 19 Infantry Brigade with its kit and vehicles embarked, for Malta to augment the garrison in case intervention in the Iraqi Revolution was required.
Whirlwind HAS.7 of 820 NAS embarked for Far East operations, until May 1959
Accident 820 NAS Whirlwind HAS.7 XL871/324 /W ditched and sank off Cadiz
visited Madagascar, while returning to UK from Far East and Australasian deployment.
Refit at HMD Portsmouth until c Nov 1959
Accident While en route to Far East with 815 NAS embarked, Whirlwind HAS.7 XL850/302-A ditched and sank in western Mediterranean.
Piraeus Three day visit to Piraeus. Anchored in Piraeus Bay, until 29 Mar.
Accident Whirlwind HAS.7 XL897815 NAS/302-A ditched and sank while operating dunking sonar on 10 Apr 1960
Accident Whirlwind HAS.7 XL880/306-A damaged blades and tail in deck accident while operating with 815 NAS in the Far East
off Hong KongEmergency assisted injured crewman on ss Twinhorse, c 60 nm SSE of Hong Kong. Launched two Whirlwind from 815 Sq, including XL883/308.
Commando Carrier refit until 1962, conversion to Commando Carrier and recommissioned on 1 Aug 1962
off Brunei BayOld Grey Ghost of the CoastKonfrontasi Embarked 846 NAS with its 6 Whirlwind HAS.7 and 845 NAS with 12 Wessex HAS.1 from RNAS Culdrose for Far East deployment. Disembarked on 14 Dec 1962 for operations from Borneo (846 to Seria, 845 to Brunei). After time on station, relieved by HMS Bulwark, departed Feb 1964 for UK and arrived back in HMNB Portsmouth on 15 Apr 1964.
Old Grey Ghost of the CoastKonfrontasi Delivered RAF No 38 Group Spine Force reinforcement for the Far East Air Force to support operations in Sarwak, Brunei and Sabah (Borneo) during the Indonesian Confrontation. Included three Belvedere and a Whirlwind and arrived initially in Singapore on 20 Nov.
Aden Harbour embarked 4x Khormaksar SAR Flt Sycamore (including XL829) for return to UK, after they were in process of being replaced by Whirlwind HAR.10. Part of HMS Albion return leg to UK, begun on 2 Nov 1962.
Left HMNB Portsmouth for sea trials after dry-docking for several months, following recommissioning ceremony.
off Brunei BayOld Grey Ghost of the CoastKonfrontasi departed HMNB Portsmouth, 848 Sq embarked with 12 Wessex HU.5 plus the Sioux of 40 Commando Air Troop, for 18 month Far East and Borneo deployment, via Suez Canal. Transported detachment of 815 NAS Wessex HAS.1 to Sibu, from May to Jul 1965. Returned to UK Sep 1966
Operation Charlotte deployed off Cambodia to prevent arms smuggling.
Refit until c Feb 1970
embarked Wessex HU.5 of 848 Sq for post-refit work up.
disembarked Wessex of 845 Sq in mid Feb (following participation in Exercise Clockwork 71 in the Lofoten Islands), before returned to HMNB Portsmouth.
departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Far East and South Pacific deployment, staging around Singapore. Returned to Portsmouth on 24 Jan 1972.
embarked 12 Wessex of 848 Sq near end of Mar, some in HMNB Portsmouth and some en route near Portland. 848 NAS disembarked to HMS Simbang on 22 May
Visited Kobe, Japan during Far East deployment, departed on 8 Jul.
Fremantle Harbour Visited Fremantle, Australia during Far East deployment, departed on 17 Aug.
Sembawang naval baseWithdrawal from Singapore re-embarked 848 NAS from HMS Simbang after they had flown past during the bases handover ceremony, then to Masirah (and 40 CDO RM to be dropped at Gan), prior to departing for the Indian Ocean. 848 NAS disembarked in the UK to RNAS Culdrose, on 20 Jan 1972.
Bay of BengalIndo-Pakistan war contingency stood off East Pakistan (before Bangladesh was formed) in the Bay of Bengal to support British nationals during the conflict. 22 Wessex HU.5 of 848 NAS and 4 Sea King of 826 NAS embarked.
disembarked 826 Sq Sea King detachment back to HMS Eagle off Durban, after Christmas 1971, before the new year.
Gan Anchorage arrived Gan, disembarked 40 Commando RM, (to be flown home for Christmas).