SHAR2 sea trials area departed HMNB Portsmouth for first Sea Harrier FA.2 on Invincible class ship, for 10 days of sea trials, off Lands End. 3 Junglie Sea Kings and Sea King HAS.6 ZA129 /12 embarked with Sea Harriers.
Task Group 323.2 Departed HMNB Portsmouth (in company with HMS Charybdis and HMS Sheffield) and embarked 820 Squadron Sea Kings before deploying with TG 323.2 to the eastern Mediterranean for long range surveillance of the Suez Canal and defence of western flank of coalition forces during the Gulf War. Worked with USS Philippine Sea, USS Spruance and USS Virginia in Mediterranean. Returned to Portsmouth in Apr.
departed HMNB Portsmouth for western N Atlantic deployment, including working up Sea King HAS.6 of 820 NAS at the AUTEC Ranges, off Bermuda. Returned to Portsmouth on 18 Nov.
Dalmatian coastTask Group 612.02UNPROFOR departed HMNB Portsmouth and relieved HMS Invincible at Gibraltar on 4 Feb, assisting UNPROFOR in the Adriatic. Relieved by HMS Invincible and returned to Portsmouth on 2 Sep.
Piraeus short mid-deployment maintenance visit to Piraeus until 11 Apr
HMD Rosyth into reserve at HMNB Portsmouth on 6 months notice to re-activate, until May 1999, when she was towed to Rosyth for refit.
Merlin upgrade refit extensive refit at Rosyth until Mar 2001, including facilities to Operate Merlin and Sea King ASaC.7 and rejoined fleet in summer 2001
post refit shake down and work up
Operation Telic to support combat operations in Iraq, completing 17 May 2003
hosted 656 Squadron (AAC) Apaches for maritime operations trials for c. 3 weeks.
5 day visit to North Shields, departing 22 Nov
Flew off her last Sea King and 4 Harriers (2 from 800NAS and 2 from RAF 1 Squadron), while still operational. Also around this time, de-stored at Glenmallan.
She returned to Portsmouth that day from a 5 day visit to Hamburg. Previous day while off Portsmouth, had embarked Sea King HAS.5 /21 from 771 NAS, Sea King ASaC.7 /181 and /182 from 849 NAS and a Merlin HM.1.
Ark Royal was decommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth, 3 years early following defence cuts announced in the SDSR spending review of Oct 2010.
AliagaShipbreakers departed Portsmouth under tow for scrapping in Turkey. Passed Malta on 5 Jun 2013.