In 1962, Ashanti deployed to the Caribbean, and while there, broke down while undergoing sea trials. Ashanti was also used to trial the Westland Wasp helicopter, prior to its introduction to active service in 1964. In 1966, Ashanti deployed to the Persian Gulf and left the following year, visiting Aden a number of times while in that region, though the withdrawal from Aden would not occur until late 1967.
In 1970, Ashanti deployed on Beira Patrol, which was designed to prevent oil reaching landlocked Rhodesia via the then Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The following year, Ashanti was involved in another highly emotional withdrawal, this time from Malta. In 1974, while on the way home from the Caribbean, Ashanti was struck by tragedy, when she was hit by a large wave, with Ashanti losing two crewmembers, one of whom was P.O. John Taws. In 1977, Ashanti was struck by further tragedy, when three crew died after being trapped in a boiler room which was on fire. That same year, Ashanti was placed in Reserve. In 1981, Ashanti became a Harbour Training Ship. In 1988, Ashanti came to an explosive end, when she was sunk as a target by HM submarines Sceptre and Spartan.