Cold War base to get new lease of life

  • Spy network: the former US base in Tudor Hill, Southampton, was used to track Soviet submarines (Photograph provided)

    Spy network: the former US base in Tudor Hill, Southampton, was used to track Soviet submarines (Photograph provided)

A former Cold War base set up to track Soviet submarines could be getting a new lease of life.

Several new uses for the former US Navy station at Tudor Hill in Southampton have been proposed to the Bermuda Land Development Company.

A spokeswoman for the BLDC said: “In February, we received numerous submissions from interested parties in response to our advertised Expression of Interest.

“BLDC has met with various community stakeholders who have provided their input in regards to any potential development opportunities of the 25-acre property. BLDC has been meeting with each of the respondents to discuss how their proposals could potentially fit into the site plan, and we are currently assessing the feedback received from them so that we can make a determination of the best suited proposal for the area.”

The property, next to the Pompano Beach Club, was home to a US Navy base until the 1990s but has since become derelict.

The base was part of the Sound Surveillance System, Sosus, a deep-sea network of listening posts designed to track the movements of Soviet Navy submarines in the Atlantic.

The base closed in 1992 after 37 years of operation and the land was handed back to the Bermuda Government three years later.

Pompano Beach Club expressed interest in buying the land for expansion in 2013 but the plan was later dropped.

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Published Aug 13, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm)

Cold War base to get new lease of life

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