In May 1976 she was commissioned. In 1979 she has trials with AV-8 Harrier VTOL's. Later she rescued 400 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea. In 1983 she operated in Mediterranean and suppoUN peacekeepers in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1990-1991 she took part in the Operation Desert Storm. In May 1991 she supported the Operation Sea Angel, providing humanitarian assistance to victims of a tropical cyclone in Bangladesh. In 1992-1993 she took part in several exercises in Pacific and Indian Ocean. In 1996 she was totally overhauled. In the second half of 1996 she provided patrol missions in "No Fly" zone in South of Iraq. In September 1996 she took part in the Operation Desert Strike - missile strike against Iraq. In 2005-2007 she supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2009 she was decommissioned. Nowadays she is located at Hawaii and waiting for her further fate.
Took part in wars:
Continuous Lebanon Conflict (1983-2000)
Desert Storm (Second Gulf War) (1990-1991)
Operation Southern Watch/Northern Watch (Monitoring and Controlling Iraqi Airspace) (1992-2003)
Operation Desert Strike (Cruise missile strikes on Iraq) (1996)
US/UK occupation of Iraq (Third Gulf War) (2003-....)
BAe Harrier/Sea Harrier/AV-8/Matador [ 2 ].