The China Fleet Trust have reaffirmed their affiliation with HMS TAMAR during a short visit of the Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel’s new Commanding Officer, Cdr Teilo Elliot-Smith RN, to the China Fleet Country Club during his “watch rotation” period back in the UK.
The China Fleet Trust Chairman, Rear Admiral Mike Wood CBE DL, said:
“The visit by Commander Teilo Elliot-Smith served to reinforce the commitment of both the China Fleet Trust and HMS TAMAR to deliver the key benefits to both parties of their formal affiliation. The ship is now forward deployed for a number of years with the ship’s company subject to a regime of rotation between duty and leave. The Club has an all important role of providing leisure breaks for the families of those deployed as well as the crew members home on leave; both the CO and I agreed the means by which this requirement can be delivered”.
Set in 180 acres, on the cusp of the Devon and Cornwall border, China Fleet is one of the South West’s leading country clubs. 15 minutes from Plymouth its stunning Tamar estuary location has been its home since 1991, when the Club relocated from the Far East.
Its historical links with HMS Tamar go all the way back to Hong Kong. HMS Tamar was the name of the Royal Navy’s base in the Crown Colony from 1897 to 1997, and many sailors and royal marines who served there would have enjoyed rest and recreation in the China Fleet Club.
Cdr Elliot-Smith added:
“I was eager to see for myself the terrific options available at the China Fleet Country Club and the visit did not disappoint. The facilities are first class and the staff hugely welcoming. The affiliation that HMS TAMAR shares with the China Fleet Trust is genuine and warm; we are lucky to have such strong advocates and this is something we cherish and will nurture moving forwards”