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One of the more popular complaints about the government and military is that’s gross and innefficient.  Sometimes, that takes on a new poignancy when you’re a host nation picking up after the American military, once it’s shut down it’s bases and left for good.  Such is the case of Bermuda and the US Navy, which back in the 1990’s shut down Naval Air Station Bermuda and The Navy Annex.  Bermuda has been left with a pollution problem, one which the US Government refuses to take care of.  The American government has maintained that over the course of its stay in Bermuda, it has provided much to island chain — like building the Air Port at no cost to the locals (of course, the runway was shared by naval air craft).  And so on.  Since Bermuda is a self governing part of the United Kingdom, most of those in parliament look at the environmental damage done to Bermuda, shrug, and say something to Bermudian politicians like “Uh, that’s your problem.”  So, it’s no surprise that stories like the following end up in the Royal Gazette:

A war veteran has flown to Bermuda from Texas as he builds his case for compensation amid allegations toxic waste was dumped at Kindley Air Force Base.

Andrew Moore, 64, believes his ill health has been brought on from his time as an air passenger specialist — whose job was to dump tons of human waste in a deep pit — at the US baselands in 1963-64.

Cancer victim Mr. Moore’s concerns have grown since The Royal Gazette reported former serviceman Ronald Slater’s claims that he knew of numerous barrels of lethal defoliant Agent Orange being dumped and burned in a Kindley pit from 1965 to 1967.

Other veterans have claimed substances such as mercury and hydrochloric acid were disposed of in the same manner.


The US Navy operated two installations in Bermuda. Naval Air Station Bermuda was located on St. Davids Island, and a bit of the land was engineered to build an airstrip, so that a portion of Castle Harbour was filled in. Before this project was completed, the only way to get to the island was by a seaplane making a water-landing. While the base was in operation, the airstrip was shared with the Bermudian Airport. So, sub-hunting P-3’s and fighter jets often shared a runway with passenger airliners. The other base, The Naval Annex, was on the other end of the island chain, in Sandy’s Parish. Basically, the Annex was meant for docking naval vessels. Since the island was so small, high school kids from the Annex had to take the bus to the Air Station, where Roger B. Chaffee high school was located.

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