The Canteen proved to be extremely successful and was soon demolished to make way for a new building. Using the Club funds and with a generous loan from the Hong Kong and Shang-hai Bank, Admiral Kelly Commander in Chief China Station, laid the foundation stone for the seven story China Fleet Club building. For the men who served on the China station ‘The Old Blue’ as it was known provided a place for refurbishment and decent accommodation away from the crowded ships.
Land values escalated and the trustees sold the air space over the club. A developer paid for temporary facilities while building a new luxury club on the first 9 floors, with 14 more floors of office space above. Fleet house opened and because of the agreement to hand back Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997, the search began for a suitable successor to the China Fleet Club in the UK.
The China Fleet Country Club extended membership to the local community, ensuring that the Club remains financially viable, as well as offering a non-military, contemporary and family-friendly environment.
China Fleet Country Club temporarily closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, the Club was used as a vaccination centre by the NHS, supported by Royal Navy volunteers.
14th June 2021 The Royal Navy strengthens its ties with the China Fleet Trust, with a formal affiliation with the New Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Ship HMS TAMAR. Lieutenant Commander Michael Hutchinson RN, the Commanding Officer of HMS TAMAR opened the Club’s new heritage area and acknowledged the affiliation with his ship.