Throughout the years there have been countless reports of unidentified flying objects. These have typically been chalked up to the “crazies” out there or, occasionally, to a pilot who has not had enough sleep and may have hallucinated. Now the U.S. Navy has acknowledged that any sighting is taken seriously due to security concerns.
“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” a Navy spokesperson told POLITICO. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”
Prior to this statement, the Navy hadn’t always seemed eager to take these reports seriously and reportedly often brushed them off. It isn’t had to believe that many pilots who encounter UFOs may choose to keep the information to themselves in order to avoid ridicule.
The spokesperson added: “As part of this effort, the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”
One of the major changes being introduced into the guidelines is how the terms “unidentified flying object” will now be referred to as “unexplained aerial phenomena.”
Recently, we have seen an increase in reported UFO sightings by military personnel. On Nov. 14, 2004, two F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter jets were conducting training drills off the coast of California until they were called back to a “real world situation.”
USS Nimitz nuclear aircraft carrier and the USS Princeton missile cruiser both had over a dozen unidentified flying objects located on radar about 150 miles away and closing in on their location fast. Unclear as to what they were dealing with, the two fighter jets were instructed to check it out. As they approached the area, they noticed an object hovering above the sea that was shaped like a “tic tac,” Slate.com reported.
The pilots headed down where the UFO was located only to have it zip away so quickly that it was as if nothing was ever there. The pilot in the second F/A-18 reported seeing the UFO zip around the first F/A-18 so quickly that the laws of physics, as we know it, would have deemed the maneuver impossible.
It’s important to note that the Navy isn’t revealing that their personnel has seen UFOs. They are simply acknowledging that they take all aerial threats seriously — no matter where they come from.