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Visit to the USS George Washington, 3rd April 2010

Visit to the USS George Washington Yokosuka Naval Base 3rd April 2010

On Saturday April 3, Members of the C&O were invited by Former US naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Edmond Aruffo (Hughes Hall, Cantab.), for a tour of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, based at Yokosuka Naval Base.
Thirty-three members of the Society attended the tour. As with the previous tour of the USS Blue Ridge, we were lucky with the weather and enjoyed blue skies and sunshine. After passing through the entry gate, a strong 'listen up!!!!' from Edmond brought the party to attention, and we moved off to board a bus taking us to the ship.
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We were met by CO Captain Dave "Too Tall" Lausman and XO Dan Grieco, who explained some US military protocol, particularly don’t touch anything, twiddle any knobs or press any buttons. And definitely not the big red ones marked 'Launch'. The ship certainly got everyone’s attention. Enormous, 300 meters long apparently.

We went on board the ship and climbed up to the cavernous hanger deck, which was being renovated. Captain Lausman introduced some of his crew, and explained about the design and activities of the ship.
George Washington 2010 - Image 3George Washington 2010 - Image 3 We then climbed up to the flight deck for a detailed look at all the specialized equipment to launch and land aircraft. We had a run-through of how the steam catapult, jet blast deflector and aircraft brake cables (what are these called?) operated. And we were able to look over a retired Navy Hornet Jet on the deck, which had mysteriously been assigned to XO Dan Grieco.
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Golf Tournament at Hodogaya Country Club, 27th March 2010

March 27 (Sat, all day): Golf Tournament at Hodogaya Country Club


Early Summer Party at the British Ambassador's Residence, Wednesday, May 13 (18:30 – 21:00)

The list for this event is now closed.

Members are invited to an Early Summer Party kindly hosted by the Society’s President and British Ambassador to Japan, Mr David Warren, and Mrs Pamela Warren.

Footage of the 2009 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will be shown at 20:30.

Attendance fee: 5,000 yen per person (payment required in advance; the Society’s bank account details will be sent to those who apply). No-shows will not be refunded.

Dress code: lounge suits

Each member may invite one guest. If you would like to attend, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by May 6th, stating which college/university you attended and providing your telephone and fax numbers. Please note that the number of applications we can accept is limited; early replies are recommended.


Triennial General Meeting and Dinner, Tokyo Club, Thursday, April 16, 18:00 – 21:00

The Society’s Constitution stipulates that a General Meeting should be held triennially. Members are encouraged to attend this important event in the Society’s programme and to remind themselves of the provisions of the Constitution, which may be viewed on this website.

The meeting, to be chaired by the Society's President, Mr David Warren, will be held at The Tokyo Club, starting at 6 p.m. Drinks and a seated dinner will follow.

This event is open to members only.

Attendance fees (to be paid in advance; account details will be sent to those attending):
GM only: 0 yen; GM + Dinner: 3,000 yen; Dinner only: 8,000 yen
No-show/late cancellation charges will be 8,000 yen, except for those who sign up for the GM only.

If you wish to attend, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by Sunday, April 12th.


Golf Tournament at Hodogaya Country Club, Saturday, March 28

This year's Spring Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, 28th March at The Hodogaya Country Club (HCC) in Yokohama.

Mr Peter Y. Sato and Mr Takashi Uyeno, both HCC members, have kindly made reservations for 6 groups (total 24 players).

The tee-off time for the first group is 08:06.

If you would like to take part in this tournament, please contact Terry Nakamura (t.nakamura[at]camford.org).

Further details will be posted later.


Christmas Party, International House of Japan, Monday, December 15th, 18:30 - 21:00

Members and their guests are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Party in The International House of Japan's Kabayama Room (樺山ルーム), which opens onto the House's renowned garden.

Address: 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032. Tel. 03-3470-4611

Access: the closest subway station is Azabu Juban (5 minutes’ walk), but access is also easy from Roppongi (12 minutes’ walk). A map can be found at http://www.i-house.or.jp/jp/
The International House of Japan has a car park, but there is no guarantee that spaces will be available.

Attendance fee: 8,000 yen (Payment required in advance; account details will be sent to those who apply to attend. No refunds for no-shows or cancellations after the closing date.)

If you would like to attend, please let Tim Minton know by Thursday, 11th December (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org).


Seated Spanish Buffet Dinner at Monte Azul, Oct. 16 (Thu), 18:30 – 21:00

We will have exclusive use of this fashionable restaurant in a secluded part of Minami Aoyama.

Address: Passage Aoyama, 2-27-18 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Tel. 03-6807-0654)
Near Gaien-mae Station, Exit 1A (Ginza Line)

Attendance fee: 6,000 yen
Payment is required in advance; account details together with directions to Monte Azul will be sent to those who apply to attend. Please note that we can accept only the first 30 applications to attend. No-shows and cancellations after the closing date (Oct. 13) will not be refunded.

There is no particular dress code for this event.

If you would like to attend, please contact Tim Minton by Monday, 13th October: t.minton[at]camford[dot]org


2008 Autumn Golf Outing to Fuji OGM/Ichihara Golf Club

Despite mixed weather forecasts earlier in the week, Saturday 27th September dawned clear and bright as 11 C&O golfers and guests made their way on the Aqualine under (and over) Tokyo Bay heading for the Society's 2008 Autumn Meeting at Fuji OGM Ichihara GC in Chiba.

2008 Fuji OGM Golf Photo 12008 Fuji OGM Golf Photo 1 While not the largest of turn-outs for a Society golf event, with some of our stalwarts otherwise engaged on the day, our small group was full of enthusiasm for the return to this pleasant Robert Trent Jones design, which had previously hosted us back in 2005. Among our number, we were pleased to welcome a first time player, and guest of James Lawden, Mari Ohsaki.

2008 Fuji OGM Golf Photo 22008 Fuji OGM Golf Photo 2 Starting just before 9am, our three groups completed the first half smoothly with the usual golfers' stories being exchanged over lunch of good shots and bad breaks, missed putts and bumpy greens - along with news of two remarkable chip-ins by Takahisa Hashimoto. While inevitably a little different to the roast beef and yorkshire pudding fare of the great traditional clubs of the UK, Fuji Ichihara's lunch offerings were certainly fulsome and a number of our members were noted to be enjoying a late-morning beer or sake to fortify themselves for the second nine.
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Dinner at The Tokyo Club to welcome HE Mr David Warren, new British Ambassador and C&O President, and Mrs Warren to Japan

Monday, September 22nd, 2008, 18:30 – 21:00

Reception and aperitifs from 18:30; seated dinner from 19:00; after-dinner drinks

Cost: 8,000 yen (7,500 yen for Tokyo Club members)
(Payment required in advance; account details and directions to The Tokyo Club will be sent to those who apply to attend.)
Dress Code: Lounge Suits
No-shows and cancellations after the closing date (Sept. 18) will not be refunded.

Guests are welcome. If you would like to attend this important event, please contact Tim Minton (t.minton[at]camford[dot]org) by Thursday, September 18th.


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