Video: Royal Navy Helicopter Picks Up Governor

April 15, 2015

[Updated] As many people may have noticed, there is a helicopter buzzing overhead today [Apr 15], having flown from the west end, to Devonshire, then traveled back to the west end.

The Governor and his ADC get ready to board the helicopter

HMS Lancaster

The helicopter, which is off the Royal Navy’s HMS Lancaster which is presently in Dockyard, landed on police field at just past noon today, where it was seen picking up Governor George Fergusson and his ADC Captain Clifford Powell.

The noise of the helicopter, an unusual sound over Bermuda, attracted some people, with a few onlookers making their way to police field where they watched the helicopter take off.

Update 2.27pm: The helicopter appears to be flying over the entire island, as we also caught the photos below over St. David’s at around 2.10pm today.

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  1. Mockingjay says:

    Might as well keep him on board and fly him straight back home.

    • hmmm says:


    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      A Mockingjay is a bird that was created through mating of Jabberjays and female Mockingbirds. I guess it’s not your fault then.

      • mockingjay says:

        That’s why they world is full off diverse beautiful people.

      • Awake says:

        Mockingjay never has anything nice to say. Their life sure must be miserable with all the hating. Let’s ignore “it”.

        • Mockingjay says:

          Like swing voter, kangoocar, C James, strike fund, Triangle Drifter, ace boy, sandgrownan, smh just to name a few.

    • Me says:

      However, you will happily receive the benefits of being a British territory.

      • Mockingjay says:

        I deserve those benefits whatever they are, its just compensation after my ancestors worked FREE for a few hundred years.

  2. J Starling says:

    Wouldn’t it have been cheaper just to drive?

    I’m just wondering what the particular reason was behind taking a helicopter, other than a joyride?

    Maybe while they’re here they can do some helicopter training with some Regiment troops though.

    • J Starling says:

      I’m guessing maybe surveying remaining damage from the hurricanes?

    • Terry says:

      Typical Marxist reply.
      The flight was free and paid for by the British Admiraly which you despise.

      • J Starling says:

        The flight was not free. It costs money to operate and fuel a helicopter. Whether it be a Bermudian taxpayer or a British taxpayer paying for it, it still cost money.

        That, however, was not the question (whether it was free or not) – the question was whether or not it would have been cheaper to drive or to fly by helicopter, and I was wondering what the purpose of the flight was. If it was simply to fly from Devonshire to Dockyard, it seems a rather frivilous activity. If it is to survey hurricane damage, that’s more understandable.

        • Aquafina says:

          Guess no one has read about the traffic delays and diversions on bernews. Plus it quicker by helicopter.

        • lucky 7 says:

          For fun maybe?? I would’ve just for fun. I’ve viewed the island from a helicopter before and would love to do it again……c’mon Starling, live a little!

          • J Starling says:

            I’m sure it’s fun. Just questioning if using public funds so the Gov can have a joy ride is a good use of public money. If he wants a joy ride, let him pay for it out of his wages.

        • Awake says:

          Why are you so worried?

          • J Starling says:

            I didn’t say I was worried. I merely queried whether this was a good use of public money in this era of austerity.

            If the flight was just to take the Gov to Dockyard as a joy ride, that seems frivolous to me. If it’s to do other things, like survey remaining hurricane damage, that’s cool.

            I find it bizarre how much hate I’m getting for this.

            • Carnie says:

              None of your business if you don’t pay taxes. Get a job.

  3. Jr Smith says:

    surveying his boss’s assets, & reminding us that they can do as they like when they like…….

  4. Xaxa says:

    Mockingjay forgets that Bermuda, being British territory, is indeed “home” for the Governor. Poor Mockingjay missed a few lessons in geography in school

  5. Rhonda says:

    they flew directly over my house, waking my babies… my question is Why????????? as well….

    • umum says:

      your house was in the flight path, that’s why, rhonda.

    • Hurricane says:

      Indeed the noise was becoming a pain in the a_ _ after a while.

  6. Hadessa says:

    So that is why my studying was interrupted!! Why did they have to fly over the western end more than once?

  7. smh says:

    His excellency overseeing Her Majesty’s subjects.

  8. Tommy says:

    stop complainig about everything.
    This is a British Teri tory and thought who do t like it can leave.

    • Mockingjay says:

      So what,because its a British territory people cant complain, my ancestors gave their lives to build up this country and they complained and I helped build up this country and I’m complaining and um not going ANYWHERE.
      That’s what Democracy is all about anything short of that is Communism.

      • BT CHECKER says:

        So did mine – lost all my granddad’s in the second world war.

        Without their sacrifice who knows what would have become of Bermuda…. Likely a Nazi holiday island and all us lot would have been shipped to Siberia.

        Sometimes even if don’t agree with politics you should appreciate millions died for democracy – not all of those people had anything to do with Bermuda.

        • mockingjay says:

          Yup and my ancestors gave their lives and came back and still had to be subjected to discrimination, segregation and no military benefits or pensions, So what.

          • what man says:

            if they gave their lives… how could they come back?

            • mockingjay says:

              Ah, its a figure of speech Dreamer, like when you say
              , my phone is dead or like you brain dead.

      • jt says:

        You should know.

      • RBDAPUK says:

        I wonder how you can say “British overseas territory” AND “country”. Contradicting don’t you think?

      • Anbu says:

        Ya but communism works.

  9. Karma says:

    Saw this at lunchtime…cool sight!!!

  10. LiarLiar says:

    What type of chopper is that?

    • LiarLiar says:

      Reconnaissance I am guessing as it doesn’t appear to be armed…

      • Aquafina says:

        You think not…..nothng was visible. Even in moderate Bermuda they are at weapons ready.

    • J Starling says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s the Wildcat – it came into service last year as the UK’s naval helicopter of choice. The AugustaWestland AW159 to be more technical.

      They’re supposed to be on every UK Frigate and Destroyer as of 2014 – the HMS Lancaster being a frigate.

      • LiarLiar says:

        Thanks Starling.

        Didn’t realize you were a military buff.

        Are these able to be armed or are they more for reconnaissance and transport?

        • J Starling says:

          They’re armed – cannons and missiles. I can’t recall the exact armaments, but I believe they’ve got the upgraded version of the Sea Skua missile – I want to call it the Sea Venom?

          This one doesn’t look like it’s carrying them, and I doubt there’s bullets in the cannons, etc, but I wouldn’t expect it to be for this type of mission.

        • Logic76 says:

          They can be reconfigured depending on the mission profile.

  11. Terry says:

    This flight does not cost Bermuda one penny.

    No wonder this island is so f(*&^% up.

    Again; so much negativity because you sit behind a television screen and type sheet.

    Just have to say something don’t you.

    I give up.

    • Serious Though says:

      rock fever..

    • Mockingjay says:

      Ah, as a British territory we pay UK $2 Million a year so technically……..YAHHHH

      • Barracuda says:

        The alternative , Haiti , YAHHHH

        • mockingjay says:

          You do know that Haiti was charged with paying France 90 million Francs in 1838 after the first slave revolt to defeat their oppressors (Napoleon’s army) and take over an Island in the West, and America, Britain and Germany helped to execute it and they have been paying ever since !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Myboy14 says:

        Brown spent more then 2 million a year and had nothing to show for it.

        • Mockingjay says:

          Lets see where the paper trail from the $18 million of CoH leads us and the $1 million in the friends and family Trust fund.

      • Strike fund says:

        Is that all?

        Not bad for an EU passport, access to benefits and NHS, cheaper university tuition, free education up to 18 years old, the back up of an armed forces in worst case scenarios (and help with hurricane clean up) etc.

        I wonder how much IB money from UK comes to Bermuda?

        How much do you think the average Brit residing in the UK gets out of the deal?

        • mockingjay says:

          They get a beautiful life of Paradise, undeserved social privilege and a good wage.

          • Barracuda says:

            good for them

          • Huh? says:

            … And one free idiot.

          • Come Correct says:

            “The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them.”

            Louis C.K.

            • Buck-a-Roo says:

              mockinjay probably checks it to make sure someone else flushed….
              Inna, mockinjay?

    • PBanks says:

      The irony within the above statement “Just have to say something don’t you” is amusing.

  12. Gombey Rasta says:

    It is so nice to have big brother looking out for us and still we eat our cake. Great stuff.

  13. aNDy says:

    Those of you who are having an issue about the governor flying around Bermuda must be pro independence. If not, you have no place to complain.

  14. Randy says:

    They lookin for ganga for 420 day !!

  15. tom cooke says:

    The sound of freedom. …

  16. JohnBoy says:

    Big up to Bernews.. errytime!

  17. D.Trott says:

    Wow Bermudians really love to complain. There must be nothing better for you to comment on. Whats the big deal with the Governor getting into a helicopter.

  18. Don Hunter says:

    I find it hard to believe that bye don’t have a car.

  19. drunken ursula says:

    Rhonda they flew right over my house girl, I was so drunk it made me sober …

  20. Awake says:

    Wow! What a bunch of miserable bloggers!

    • Real Deal says:

      If there is a hell, these bloggers are sure gonna end up there, these folk are giving education a bad name!

  21. bagheera says:

    That must have been wonderful, i can only…imagine…what that must have felt like…at least you were in compitent hands…good for you…i figure it must take considerable continance to do such a thing…thanks for bringing him back safely boys!

  22. outkasted says:

    Quick! hide de veed buh’

  23. Kettle or pot says:

    Your all moaning and groaning, bet if they offered free rides youd all be dashing to get in line.

  24. Alvin Williams says:

    Well I guess he had to fly over what is left of the British empire so he can report to his bosses in white hall before the up coming British elections.

  25. Happyhols says:

    Wow! I stumbled across this article whilst researching Bermuda and detect a strong anti-British sentiment running through some of the comments. Is that common in Bermuda and would I be aware of it as a British tourist should I visit for a holiday?

    • Zevon says:

      No…. It’s a small but vocal bunch of nutcases. Don’t let it stop you visiting.