She was commissioned in November 1989. In Spring 1991 she supported evacuation operations after Mount Pinatubo erupted on Luzon Island in the Philippines. In the second half of 1991 she assisting allied and US troops involved with Desert Storm. In the early 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2002 she provided flying patrols over south Iraq no-fly zone. In October 1993 she assisted UN humanitarian operations in Somalia, her aircraft flew air patrols over Mogadishu in support of Operation Restore Hope. In 1995 she took part in the Operation Vigilant Sentinel - ousting of Iraqi troops from the Kuwaiti border. In 2002 she operated in Persian Gulf and supported operations in Afghanistan. In 2003 she operated in Persian Gulf and supported operations in Iraq. Her aircraft flew over 16500 combat sorties. In the early 2005 she provide humanitarian assistance in Pacific after tsunami in December 2004. In 2006-2007 she was overhauled and modernized. Since March 2008 she operated in Persian Gulf and supported operations in Iraq.
Took part in wars:
Desert Storm (Second Gulf War) (1990-1991)
Operation Southern Watch/Northern Watch (Monitoring and Controlling Iraqi Airspace) (1992-2003)
United Nations Operation in Somalia (1992-1995)
War on Terrorism in Afghanistan (2001-....)
US/UK occupation of Iraq (Third Gulf War) (2003-....)
Grumman A-6 Intruder [ 1 ];
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye [ 5 ];
Grumman F-14 Tomcat [ 7 12 ];
Lockheed S-3 Viking [ 1 ].