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US Naval Officers are highly regarded around the world as the standard by which other seafarers are measured.  Their powers of observation and judgment are finely tuned and driven by a discipline for focused and precise decisions.  As is the case with military and commercial pilots, it is hard to dispel or dismiss their reported encounters with or sightings of unidentified flying or submerged objects.   


U.S. Navy UFO USO Encounters

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The USS Midway 1989 – The Gulf of Oman.

UFO and USO incidents with U.S. Navy Warships - The U.S.S. MidwayIn 1989 the aircraft carrier USS Midway was on a tour of duty in the Indian Ocean.  On a mission in the Gulf of Oman, the Combat Direction Center (CDC) watch officer and his crew were electronically monitoring the positions and movement of all surface contacts to ensure a safety margin of three miles or more from any potentially hostile vessels.

Suddenly the officer spotted three strong blips (contacts) on his radar screen grouped in a triangular formation.  On the second sweep of the radar screen the officer was stunned to see that the contacts had moved a considerable distance in a remarkably short period of time.  While this CDC group’s mission is to monitor and track ocean surface contacts, low flying aircraft are also periodically picked up on their low angled radar.  These contacts however, were moving faster then any aircraft the officer or his crew had ever observed.  The next unnerving thought to occur to the CDC officer, was that these were missiles.  The officer checked with the airborne detection group within the CDC and they responded that they weren’t picking up or tracking anything at all.  There were no contact blips flashing on their screens.

Tensions mounted quickly however, as the CDC Officer and his crew continued to track the three fast moving blips as they angled toward the ship.  As the ‘contacts’ rapidly got closer, two of the blips made a startling ninety degree turn away from the ship, but the third turned directly toward the ship.  The CDC officer excitedly barked over the ship’s intercom to the observers on the ship’s superstructure that something was coming right at them at a high rate of speed.  Accelerating, it was coming in so fast there was no time to react.  When the object got within one mile of the ship it suddenly disappeared from radar.  The CDC Officer again called out to the lookouts high above in the superstructure, asking if they saw anything through their binoculars.  They reported that they looked at the exact location but didn’t see a thing.

The CDC Officer then reported the incident to his commander but was a bit taken aback by the commander’s lack of reaction.  He didn’t react at all.

Within a few minutes the CDC radar screens picked up the three blips again, very nearly in the same location where they first picked them up.  Alerting the commander that they were back, the sequence of events played out nearly as before, with neither, the airborne radar or the lookouts seeing anything.    

After this second incident the CDC Officer was more than a bit concerned that something had actually approached to within one mile of them without anything or anyone other than surface radar picking them up and tracking them.  (The air defense protection radius for an aircraft carrier guarding against air attack is fifty miles.)  

The CDC Officer calmly approached the commander and began discussing the close contact incident, commenting particularly on the incredible speeds and the virtually impossible 90 degree turns executed by the unknown contacts.  The officer then commented that the only way he could have picked them up on his low angled radar was if they were flying 30 feet or lower over the ocean’s surface.  He then speculated that the only way they could have disappeared so suddenly, within one mile of the ship, would be to dive beneath the ocean’s surface.

The commander then offered (in a rather hushed voice) that the CDC had, some months before detected an unidentified object in this general vicinity and had launched an ‘Alert Fighter’ to intercept and identify the object.  The commander stated that the fighter pilot had just managed to get within visual range and report the object as a strange metallic glint, when the object quickly accelerated away from the Navy jet and dove into the water.  As the pilot flew over the point of the object’s entry into the sea, he reported no wreckage or any sign of oil or fluids floating on the water.

The Navy immediately sent one of the aircraft carrier’s escort ships over to the site to investigate, but no trace of a crash or of any type of debris was observed. 

While detailed reports were filed by the Officers and personnel involved, the Navy has reserved comment or official position on this incident.    

by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©     

Electronic and Visual Sightings from Other U.S. Warships:

The USS Constellation Aircraft Carrier - 1994

This account has many similarities to the encounter of 1989 concerning the USS Midway.  The USS Constellation was on patrol in an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean in the early summer months of 1994.

The Combat Direction Center (CDC) picked up a low flying contact on their radar that was closing in on the ship at a very high
rate of speed. Initially thought to be an incoming missile the ship braced for impact when the radar contact vanished

As the ship went to a General Quarters alert, it was then reported that there was an object now hovering over the aircraft
carrier’s “Island.” Witnessed only by those on the ship’s superstructure, it was described as a large bright light. The
object was visible for only a few seconds and with an eerie silence, shot straight up into the sky until it was completely out
of sight.

Officers and crew were debriefed and reminded that the incident should be forgotten.

The USS Lexington – Gulf of Mexico - 1965

The USS Lexington was on routine patrol in the Gulf of Mexico in the fall of 1965. During night time flight operations an unknown contact was picked up on radar and attempts were made to quickly identify the contact. Support crew on the flight deck that night were also able to observe a bright orange glow in the sky.

Unable to identify the object with a radar profile, and unable to get any sort of radio response from the object, the Lexington launched two F-4 fighter jets to intercept and identify. The F-4 jets immediately went to afterburners (a method for jets to temporarily accelerate to a high rate of speed) but even at 1,500 miles per hour, the F-4s could not get close to the object. It simply accelerated away, vanishing from sight.

This game of cat and mouse played out the same way three times during that night. The F-4s would land, the light would appear. The jets would launch and the light would accelerate away. The fourth time the light appeared the Navy elected not to launch the F-4s and the light appeared to follow them harmlessly for nearly a half hour before vanishing the for final time.

Officers and crew were debriefed and reminded that the incident should not be talked about with any un-authorized individuals.

by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©

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The USS John F. Kennedy  
Atlantic Ocean  1971

This incident occurred as the USS John F. Kennedy was returning to port in Norfolk, Virginia, following an “Operational Readiness Exercise” in the Caribbean.  The carrier was sailing north in the Atlantic Ocean just a few hundred nautical miles off of the coast of South Carolina.

It was near sundown and the ship had just completed Flight Operations for the day, when at approximately 20:30 hours, the communications, navigational, and defense electronics started to function erratically. 

As the officers and crew moved quickly and efficiently through check lists and well rehearsed procedures to identify the source of the electronic disruptions, a voice from the signal bridge boomed over the ships intercom, “There’s something hovering over the ship.”

Within the next few seconds the “General Quarters” alarm started going off.   As crewmen scrambled to assume their assigned battle station, they encountered equipment that wasn’t fully operational. 

Radar screens glowed but did not function normally, the ships compasses moved erratically and weapons controls were inoperative.   Attempts to launce two CAP F-4 Phantom jets to check out the phenomenon failed for reasons unknown.  

According to officers and crew on the flight deck and “The Island” (the ships control tower), the object was a bright golden yellow pulsating light. 

It looked to be a solid metallic orb but was also said to be completely silent.  Estimates on its size and distance above the ship vary, but the most conservative estimate was that it was at least 300 feet in diameter.     

It hovered over the USS John F. Kennedy for a little over twenty minutes, before rapidly accelerating straight up and out of sight.  Almost immediately, the JFK’s systems returned to normal operations. 

Upon return to Norfolk select members of the crew were de-briefed privately. The general population of the ‘non-involved’ crew were advised that “certain events” that occur on Naval Warships are classified and not to be discussed with anyone lacking proper “clearance.”

by: Dr. Von Zuko 2007©




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