Three declassified videos shared online have been described as possible UFO sightings and truly do include footage of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” a spokesman for the U.S. Navy confirmed.
However, spokesman Joseph Gradisher revealed the Navy does not know exactly what these flying objects are.
“The three videos (one from 2004 and two from 2015) show incursions into our military training ranges by unidentified aerial phenomena,” Gradisher told NBC News in an emailed statement.
“The Navy has characterized the observed phenomena as unidentified,” he adds.
To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, a group fully dedicated to pursuing UFO research as well as extraterrestrial life that was co-founded by Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, helped the videos to be brought to public attention. The three clips were originally posted by TTSA and The New York Times back in December of 2017 and March 2018, NBC New York reported.
The Black Vault’s website last month reported on the Navy’s “unidentified aerial phenomena” and revealed the three videos known as “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast.”
The clip named FLIR1 shows a tic-tac shaped flying object, which rapidly accelerates out of reach from sensors. The video is from 2004 and is also known as the “2004 Nimitz incident.”
In his e-mails, Gradisher did not mention the videos by name but noted the 2004 sighting was from an aircraft from the USS Nimitz carrier.
In the Gimbal video, a crew member can be heard saying “look at that thing” about a strange object that they said appeared to be speeding against the wind. One believed it was a manmade drone.
The Go Fast video, which is from 2015, shows another object that seems to hover over the ocean and crews can be heard asking “what the f— is that?” and “what is that, man?”
The Stars Academy of Arts & Science says that the U.S. military videos of “unidentified aerial phenomenon” have been declassified and made available to the public.
However, Gradisher disagreed with those statements and said the 2004 Nimitz video was widely shared inside the ship at the time and was posted on the web by a crew member back in 2007.
The post caught the attention of Navy officials in 2009, but they decided not to get involved because of the time that had passed and the size of the crew at that time, which consisted of about 5000 people.
The Navy “has no information” on how the other two videos were released into general circulation, Gradisher said. “These videos are copies of official Navy footage taken by Naval personnel conducting training missions in controlled military airspace,” he added.
In 2017 The New York Times reported that Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program investigated such reports for years, but the Defense Department stated that the program was shut down in 2012. What was described as a shadowy program had reportedly begun in 2007.
In e-mails, Gradisher revealed that the bigger issue about the videos is what he calls an increase “in the number of military training range incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” and added that all sightings of similar nature are being investigated.
“Any incursion into our training ranges by any aircraft or phenomena, identified or not identified, is problematic from both a safety and security concern,” he said.
While the objects in the three videos in question are of unknown origin, Gradisher said that as inexpensive unmanned aerial systems – also known as drones – become more prevalent, “sightings of this nature have increased in frequency.”
While people around the world are used to widely reffering to unexplained objects as UFOs, the phrase “unidentified aerial phenomena” was borrowed from the UK and describes “any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified,” Gradisher explained.
Seth Shostak, senior astronomer and institute fellow at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, revealed in an e-mail that all the Navy did with the confirmation of the footages and the “unidentified aerial phenomena” was confirm the authenticity of the videos.
“The videos weren’t really being questioned. What IS being asked is ‘what the heck are these things?’” Shostak, said in an e-mail. “Now I think if the answer were easy, that would be known by now. But when I look at these things I see no reason to consider them good evidence for ‘alien visitation,’ which is what the public likes to think they are.”
He added that in some of the UFO sightings other explanations are plausible (e.g. birds).
For more information on this story check out Commander David Fravor (the 2004 pilot who recorded one of the three videos) & Jeremy Corbell’s exciting interview on the Joe Rogan podcast below.
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