During the events of Tomorrow Never Dies, R. Churchouse is a crew member of the British Type 23 frigate, HMS Devonshire. The ship was on routine patrol sailing in the South China Sea when she was remotely meaconed off-course into Chinese-held waters by techno-terrorist Henry Gupta, working for media mogul Elliot Carver. Two Chinese J-17 MiGs were dispatched to investigate the frigate's presence. Unbeknownst to both the fighter pilots and the Devonshire's crew, the frigate was being used in Carver's plot to provoke war between China and the United Kingdom in order to secure broadcasting rights in the former. Carver's Stealth Ship, undetectable by either the Devonshire or the MiGs, launched a sea drill at the frigate, which sank the craft by surgically cutting through its hull. Believing it to be an aerial torpedo fired by the MiGs, the captain of the ship, Richard Day, sent a message to the Admiralty and proceeded to abandon ship. Only seventeen crewmen escaped and they were promptly executed by Carver's men using Chinese weaponry.