Outback 88 photo - 23rd July 1988.
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26th January - Sail from Portsmouth for Shakedown, "Sons at Sea" embarked.
29th January - Arrive in Newcastle. Visit includes "Ship Open to Visitors".
4th February - Sail from Newcastle.
5th - 11th February - Aviation excercises.
11th -15th February - Rosyth.
15th - 26th February - Joint Maritime Course (JMC 881).
26th - 29th February - Rosyth.
1st March - Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with HMS Illustrious.
5th - 9th March - Visit to Hamburg.
13th March? - At anchor off Scarborough. Memorial Service for MEM Barry Cooney.
14th - 17th March - Exercise MALLET BLOW.
18th - 22nd March - Vist to Rotterdam.
23rd March - Portsmouth for Docked Assisted Maintenance Period (DAMP) and combined Easter and Summer Leave.
15th April - Cold move to North West Wall.
April - Maintenance and Leave period.
May - Maintenance and Leave period.
1st June - "Fast Cruise" Exercise.
2nd June - Ammunition ship.
3rd June - Families Day at sea.
6th - 10th June - Shakedown period at sea.
13th June - Sail from Portsmouth for OUTBACK '88.
16th June - Photex with SS Canberra
17th - 19th June - Exercise JOLLY ROGER
25th - 29th June - Visit to Malta. At anchor in St Pauls Bay, due to protesters blocking Valetta Grand Harbour.
2nd - 3rd July - Suez Canal transit.
23rd July - Ship's Company to muster on the flight deck for the Outback '88 photograph.
23rd July - Arrive in Singapore for maintenance period.
31st July - Visit by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
8th August - Sail from Singapore.
13th - 17th August - Vist to Subic Bay, Phillipines.
23rd - 28th August - Visit to Hong Kong.
September - Exercise SETIA KAWAN with Brunei defence forces.
September - Exercise LIMA BERSATU with Malaysian and Singapore forces.
11th September - "Crossing the Line" Ceremony on the flight deck.
21st - 25th September - Visit to Brisbane.
27th September - Arrive in Sydney.
1st October - Australian Bicentennial International Fleet Review by HRH the Duke of York.
7th October - Sail from Sydney.
13th October - Visit to Melbourne (cancelled due to protests).
23rd October - Arrive in Fremantle.
2nd November - Depart from Fremantle.
15th - 19th November - Visit to Bombay (Mumbai).
22nd November - War at Sea Exercise (WASEX) with USS Nimitz.
26th November - "Sods Opera" in the hangar.
1st - 2nd December - Suez Canal transit.
5th December - War at Sea Exercise (WASEX) with FS Clemeceau.
9th - 11th December - Gibraltar. Embark "Sons at Sea".
12th December - Full Power Trial.
14th December - PHOTEX with HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious.
15th December - Arrive in Portsmouth at South Railway Jetty for a Base Assisted Maintenance Period (BAMP) and Christmas Leave.
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