The Pentagon has confirmed that a series of images and videos showing unidentified objects in flight whizzing over Navy warships off the California coast in 2019 were “captured” by branch personnel.
The photos are from a Pentagon investigation into UFOs by the UAP Task Force, which, according to Mystery Wire, has gathered evidence for a report for Congress due to come out in June.
The images received by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell show unidentified objects flying over four US destroyers in 2019, including the destroyer of the USS Kidd Navy.
One of the images appears to be a pyramid-shaped object while others were viewed as drones or balloons. However, the Navy has listed her as an unknown.
In a statement, a Pentagon spokesman told Mystery Wire, “I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel. The UAPTF has included these incidents in its ongoing investigations. ‘
The Pentagon has confirmed that images and videos of unidentified flying objects buzzing over Navy warships off the California coast were “captured” by branch personnel. Critics have said that this image appears to show a balloon but is classified as unknown
One of the images appears to be a pyramid-shaped object (pictured) hovering over the USS Russell
Confirmation comes a week after Admiral Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, admitted he had no idea where the swarm of mysterious tic tac-shaped drones that threatened four U.S. destroyers in July 2019 came from.
Gilday led an investigation into the incident, in which a group of so-called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) chased the destroyers up to 100 nautical miles off the coast of California.
Flight logs revealed that up to six mysterious aircraft swarmed the warships near a sensitive training area in the Channel Islands at speeds of up to 60 km / h and greater maneuverability than US military drones.
When asked directly whether the Navy had confirmed the identity of the drones at a media event last Monday, Gilday replied: “No, we didn’t.”
Gilday’s answer seems to rule out the theory that the drones could have come from a secret U.S. military program. This has led to growing speculation that they were either built by a rival military power or that “something else is happening that we don’t understand”.
The Drive revealed last month that US Navy warships stationed off the coast of Los Angeles had encountered swarms of mysterious drones chasing them at high speed in poor visibility.
The drive received ship logs and internal emails from the Navy in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and eyewitness descriptions of the staff on board to set up the UAVs had a far greater aviation capacity than any previously known drone.
The sighting bears eerie parallels to previous UFO encounters, particularly a notorious incident in 2004 when six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrumental contact with a mysterious aircraft in November 2004.
Other images show what was considered to be drones. However, the Navy has listed her as an unknown
The photos are from a Pentagon investigation into UFOs by the UAP Task Force which gathered evidence for a comprehensive report for Congress due for release in June. The USS Omaha watched this spherical shape move towards the surface of the water
In the most recent documented encounter in July 2019, USS destroyers on patrol were suddenly inundated by flashing Tic Toc-shaped drones capable of traveling long distances at high speed
Numerous similar sightings have been reported from the 1960s, but most of the US military investigations into them remain secret.
Legislators have been asking the Pentagon for years to open its secret records of the encounters, citing national security concerns.
In January, as part of a COVID-19 relief package, Congress set a deadline of June 1 for U.S. intelligence and the Department of Defense to release UFOs and unidentified aerial phenomena.
Gilday, the senior naval officer, spoke to the Defense Writers Group in Washington this week and was asked about his knowledge of recent UFO encounters.
“I am aware of these sightings, and as has been reported, there have been other sightings of airmen in the air and of other ships not only from the United States but other nations as well – and of course other elements within the joint US armed forces. ‘Gilday said.
“These results have been collected and are still being analyzed,” he said.
A detailed report of the 2019 encounter posted by The Drive shows that the drama began on the night of July 14, 2019.
USS Kidd deck logs show that two drones were spotted just before 10 p.m. that night.
An on-board intelligence team responsible for documenting and investigating contact with unknown ships – known as the Ship’s Team for Navigational or Other Photographic Interpretation and Exploitation – or SNOOPIE – was tasked with finding out who or what the mysterious objects in flight were .
A detailed account of the 2019 encounter reveals that the drama began on the night of July 14, 2019. USS Kidd deck logs (file image) show that two drones were spotted just before 10 p.m. that night
Within minutes of the sighting, reports show that the USS Kidd has entered quiet mode and minimized communications to determine threat level.
It contacted a nearby warship also on patrol, the USS Rafael Peralta, which also hired her on board Photo Intelligence Team (SNOOPIE).
Several other US Navy destroyers patrolling nearby noticed strange lights.
The USS John Finn also reported on UAV activities and, according to the logbook, noticed a “red flashing light” at 10:03 p.m.
A little over an hour later, at 11:23 p.m., the USS Rafael Peralta spotted a white light hovering over the flight deck.
The drone was able to hover over the destroyer’s helipad while traveling at a speed of 16 knots and in poor visibility.
The almost 90-minute encounter went far beyond the capabilities of commercially available drones.
The drones returned the next night, this time as the warships patrolled closer to mainland California.
They were first spotted by the USS Rafael Peralta and the ship’s SNOOPIE team was engaged at 8:39 p.m.
At 8:56 p.m., logs show that the USS Kidd had also come into contact with drones.
“The drones appear to have chased the ships even though they continued to maneuver during the incident,” reported The Drive.
Logbooks swarmed with drones aboard the USS Russell. They dived at altitudes of 1,000 to 700 feet and appeared to be able to move in any direction.
The USS Russell had separate contact with drones nine times in less than an hour.
Then, that evening at 9:20 pm, the USS Kidd noticed “multiple UAVs” around the ship.
The USS Rafael Peralta was also inundated by up to four drones. It was contacted by a passing cruise ship, the Carnival Imagination, to say they too had spotted up to six drones.
The three-hour frenzy of activity lasted until shortly before midnight, and none of the warships could say for sure where the drones had come from.