departed Portland for 2nd commission deployment, having embarked 845 Squadron with its second batch of brand new Whirlwind HAS.7 on 10 Jan. After initial visits to eastern Atlantic and Caribbean, arrived Singapore on 28 Apr. The return leg completed at HMNB Portsmouth in Nov 1958.
Aden HarbourAccident 845 NAS Whirlwind XL833/390/A suffered engine failure while storing the ship and ditched in Aden inner harbour, 8 Sep. Airframe recovered but jettisoned next day.
Strait of Hormuz (SN) assisted with recovery of mv Melika which had caught fire in the Straits of Hormuz after colliding with another oil tanker. Taken under tow by Bulwark and made for Muscat, escorted by Type 41 frigate HMS Puma.
Commando Carrier refit until 1960 at HMD Devonport, converted to first UK Commando Carrier and recommissioned on 19 Jan 1960
Sembawang naval base departed for Far East with 42 Commando and sixteen Whirlwind HAS.7 of 848 NAS embarked. Routed via the Mediterranean, Aden and Colombo, disembarking in Singapore on 30 May 1960.
Accident Lost 848 Sq Whirlwind XM683 / T-B, when it ditched 1 nm from carrier while operating off Borneo
Airborne insertionOperation Vantage sailed with 42 Commando Royal Marines embarked, from Karachi to support Kuwait against possible Iraqi invasion. 42 CDO was airlifted into Kuwait on 1 Jul by Whirlwinds of embarked 848 NAS. HMS Bulwark withdrew on 21 Jul.
Hong Kong PortAccident lost 848 Sq Whirlwind HAS.7 XN301 / M-B when it ditched during a formation landing.
refit at HMD Devonport for full conversion from Whirlwind to Wessex operation, until Dec 1963
embarked 706 Sq B Flt and 43 Commando Royal Marines to work up with Wessex HAS.1 after refit. Culminated in Exercise Sandlfy 2 assault on Libyan coast.
1st Scouts for Far EastKonfrontasi Landed on 16x Scout AH.1 from Middle Wallop destined for various Flights in the Far East, plus 10 Flight which had been reassigned from 651 Sq to 656 Sq (already in theatre). Arrived at Singapore during Apr.
sailed from Singapore in company with HMS Fearless for assault exercise off Penang.
following Cultural Revolution in China, reinforced (40 Commando RM embarked) Hong Kong after rioting began. Departed 12 Jun 1967.
Gulf of Aden Recommissioned in Singapore with new Ships Company, flown out from UK to support British withdrawl from Aden. Embarked a Royal Marine Commando unit as a contingency against a disruptive withdrawl, until c Apr 1968
until mid Jan 1968, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
refit at HMD Portsmouth. Ships Company took accommodation in HMS Centaur until c Feb 1969.
Accident 845 NAS Wessex HU.5 XT774/F-B crashed on deck, off Cyprus
Deployed as Far East staion carrier, with 848 NAS embarked and left Singapore that Jun without a relief, leaving the Far East without a continuous amphibious capability. Returned to UK with 848 NAS by end Jul 1970.
refit until c Apr 1971
HMD DevonportNavy Days 1970 present (in refit) at Plymouth Navy Days 1970.
Departed UK for the Baltic Sea with 845 NAS embarked. Returned to UK from Mediterranean in Nov 1971 for boiler repairs.
HMD DevonportNavy Days 1971Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.