departed Portsmouth under tow for Birkenhead in preparation for refit.
RefitCanada Dock refit at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead until 11 Nov 2009
Deployment departed Scotland for a 40 month Middle East waters and Indian Ocean deployment with anti-piracy force CTF-151. Relieved on station by RFA Fort Austin on 18 Oct 2013 and returned to Crombie on 9 Dec.
Deployment Completed an anti-piracy support deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Somali Basin, with an 820 NAS Merlin embarked.
Deployment relieved RFA Bayleaf as Arabian Gulf Ready Tanker.
DeploymentOperation Ocean Shield departed Dubai for anti-piracy deployment to Indian Ocean. 815NAS 229 Flt Lynx HMA.8SRU ZF562 embarked.
Deployment Ships Flt Lynx came to aid of hi-jacked mv Montecristo, c 550 nm E of Somalia and re-took the ship with a Royal Marine boarding party.
RefitBirkenhead Departed Birkenhead after completion of refit on 26 Oct 2018. Apart from usual overhauls and repaint, she was fitted with a fast, high-capacity Heavy Replenishment at Sea (HRAS) system to support rapid solid stores supply to the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers and retrofitted with a limited double hull for the oil and aviation fuel tanks.
AircraftCSG21 embarked 3x Merlin HC.4 of 845 NAS B Flt, in preparation for CSG21 deployment. Includes ZJ127 / L and J Coy 42 Commando, RM.
Port VisitPortland HarbourAccident Minor fire in the cold stores while alongside at Portland, led to much of the frozen food for the CSG21 group deployment to be condemned and removed. Incident highlighted a lack of resilience for CSG21, as this was the sole Solid Support Ship assigned to the Group.
DeploymentSuez CanalCSG21 Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.