HMD Devonportsingle 20 mm taken up from trade as mv Astronomer and entered rapid refit to provide helicopter support facilities, until 7 Jun 1982.
Anchorage Deltamv Astronomer departed Plymouth for South Atlantic with replacement / garrison Wessex, Chinook and Scout aboard. Arrived after Operation Corporate had concluded. Returned to Plymouth Sound 2 Dec 1982
at Cammell Laird to fit Arapaho helicopter support modules
as RFA Reliant after a years lease
off LebanonOperation Offcut stood off Beirut, with a detachment of three 846 NAS Sea Kings embarked, including ZA291 / VB. Evacuated British troops and c 5000 nationals, starting on 8 Feb 1984 and disembarked civilians and part of BRITFORLEB in Cyprus.
Deployed to South Atlantic to guard the Falkland Island Protection Zone. 826 NAS detachments embarked.