On 5th May 2005 at a ceremony at Armoury House in London, the Company entered into an Association with Her Majesty’s Submarine Torbay, in the presence of the then Commanding Officer, Commander Chris Groves, RN – now retired from the Navy and one of our Court Assistants.
HMS Torbay was decommissioned in July 2017; the Master and other members of the Company attended the decommissioning ceremony in Plymouth. The Company looks forward to a further affiliation with the Submarine Service in due course.
The special relationship between the Company and the Submarine Service is particularly appropriate as the previous, fourth HMS Torbay, also a submarine, was commanded during World War II by Lt. Cdr. Tony Miers, who won the Victoria Cross for a particularly dangerous raid on Corfu harbour in 1942 and who, as Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Miers, was Master of the Company in 1984/85.