Newly leaked Navy footage confirmed as real by the Pentagon appears to show a UFO buzz a United States stealth ship before diving under the water.
Commenting on the video, an ex-navy officer said that the technology on display is 100 to 1000 years ahead of that possessed by the United States.
The footage was captured off the coast of California in July 2019 by Navy aircraft and stored in the USS Omaha’s Combat Information Center, filmmaker Jeremy Corbell told NBC news on Monday.
In the clip, what appears to be a spherical object is seen flying above the water for a few minutes near San Diego before it seemingly vanishes beneath the surface.
Military personnel can be heard saying in the video: ‘It splashed,’ as it vanishes.
The U.S. Defense Department confirmed that the clip was indeed recorded by Navy personnel, adding that it would be reviewed by the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
The panel was established last year to ‘gain insight’ into the ‘nature and origins’ of unidentified objects such as the one seen in the video.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Sean Cahil – a retired US Navy Chief Master-at-Arms on the USS Princeton – spoke about the sighting of a UFO that has become known as the ‘Tic-Tac’, because of its shape.
‘The technology that we witnessed with the Tic-Tac was something we would not have been able to defend our forces against at the time,’ he told Cuomo.
‘What we saw in the Tic-Tac […] is the five observables. [These] indicate a technology that outstrips our arsenal by at least 100 to 1000 years at the moment.
‘First of all the aircraft had zero control surfaces, it had no means of propulsion that we could detect, it moved at hyper-sonic velocities and it preceded the pilots to their cap point, so it seemed to have some knowledge of where the pilots were headed ahead of time.
‘We don’t possess those abilities to do that in our arsenals at the moment.’
Cahil was joined by Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence during the Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies.
Newly leaked Navy footage (pictured) confirmed as real by the Pentagon appears to show a UFO buzz a United States stealth ship before diving under the water
In the clip, what appears to be a spherical object is seen flying above the water for a few minutes near San Diego before it seemingly vanishes beneath the surface
Military personnel can be heard saying in the video: ‘It splashed,’ as it vanishes (pictured)
When asked why such sightings are worth the public’s attention, Mellon said: ‘Because we have recurring violations of US airspace by unidentified vehicles.
‘They’re very capable – in some cases more capable of anything in our own inventory. This has been going on for years. The truth is just emerging.
‘We’ve had a massive intelligence failure, and we now have a threat – an unknown threat – that we need to figure out.’
Mellon told NBC in a separate interview there was ‘a lot of continuity’ between recent reports of UFOs and reports dating back further.
‘What we’re seeing are a number of distinct and different things,’ he said.
‘Sometimes we’re seeing a 50-foot object that can travel at hypersonic speeds and seemingly go into orbit or come down from altitudes of potentially above 100,000 feet.’
He added that the social stigma around reporting such events has for a long time kept witnesses of such phenomenons quiet.
This was echoed by by Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich, who was interviewed by CBS’ ‘60 minutes‘, and was one of two former Navy pilots who recalled being dispatched to investigate ‘multiple anomalous aerial vehicles’ in 2004.
‘Over beers we’ve said, “Hey man, if I saw this solo, I don’t know that I would have come back and said anything,”‘ Dietrich said during the interview. ‘Because it sounds so crazy when I say it.’
These unidentified vehicles were reported to have descended 80,000 feet in less than a second, also off the coast of San Diego.
Pilot Cmdr. Dave Fravor concurred with the sightings of the object from the USS Princeton, telling the program that the personnel found a ‘little white Tic-Tac-looking object’ moving above the water before it disappeared.
Seconds later, he said, it reappeared on the the USS Princeton’s radar 60 miles away.
‘I felt the vulnerability of not having anything to defend ourselves,’ said Dietrich. ‘And then I felt confused when it disappeared.’
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Sean Cahil – a retired US Navy Chief Master-at-Arms on the USS Princeton (pictured) – spoke about the sighting of a UFO that has become known as the ‘Tic-Tac’, because of its shape
The release of the footage comes ahead of the delivery of unclassified reports by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies on UFOs to Congress.
The Department of Defense’s watchdog will also examine how the Pentagon has handled UFO reports, with a source telling CNN earlier this month that there will be more enquiries announced in the near future.
The Pentagon released three short videos from infrared cameras In April 2020 that appeared to show flying objects moving quickly, after the veracity of the videos had been acknowledged in September 2019 ahead of their official release.
Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio warned that UFOs pose a serious threat to national security and can no longer be laughed off by lawmakers.
As anticipation builds about the release of the Department of Defense report into unidentified aerial phenomena sightings by military personnel next month, Rubio told 60 Minutes the threat needed to be taken seriously.
Marco Rubio says many lawmakers in Congress ‘giggle’ when the optic of UFOs comes up, but that the national security threat needed to be taken seriously
‘Some of my colleagues are very interested in this topic and some kinda, you know, giggle when you bring it up. But I don’t think we can allow the stigma to keep us from having an answer to a very fundamental question.’
Rubio said the possibility that drones or aircraft from a rival military power – or from another civilization – were entering US airspace without permission should be getting more attention and resources.
‘I want us to take it seriously and have a process to take it seriously,’ Rubio told 60 Minutes.
‘I want us to have a process to analyze the data every time it comes in. That there be a place where this is cataloged and constantly analyzed, until we get some answers.’
‘Maybe it has a very simple answer. Maybe it doesn’t.’
In December, while he was acting head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Rubio called for Pentagon reports into the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) to be declassified.
The result of his enquiries is that the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force has until June to report its findings to Congress.
USS Omaha in 2019 in restricted waters off the coast of southern California (leaked May 2021)
The USS Omaha filmed a round object making a controlled flight above the water for an extended period of time before it finally entered the ocean. Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell shared the footage on Friday with Mystery Wire.
Still images from that video were first released in April as the Pentagon confirmed that a set of images and videos showing unidentified flying objects buzzing over Navy warships off the coast of California in 2019 ‘were taken’ by branch personnel.
Staff could be heard exclaiming excitedly as the object made a controlled, gradual descent into the Pacific Ocean, before disappearing with a splash.
No explanation for the spherical object has been given.
The USS Omaha filmed a round object making a controlled flight above the water for an extended period of time before it finally entered the ocean
One of the images appears to be a pyramid-shaped object while others were thought to be drones or balloons; however, the Navy has listed them as unknowns.
In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson told Mystery Wire: ‘I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel. The UAPTF has included these incidents in their ongoing examinations.’
The confirmation came a week after Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, admitted that he has no idea where the swarm of mysterious Tic Tac-shaped drones that menaced four US destroyers in July 2019 originated.
Gilday led an investigation into the incident in which a group of what some have called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) chased the destroyers for up to 100 nautical miles off the coast of California.
The Independence Class littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) transits the Pacific Ocean
F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 returned to their home base at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach
Flight logs revealed as many as six mystery aircraft swarmed the warships close to a sensitive training area at the Channel Islands at speeds of up to 40mph and with a greater maneuverability than US military drones.
When asked directly if the Navy had confirmed the identity of the drones at a media event, Gilday responded: ‘No, we have not.’
The Drive revealed in February that US Navy warships stationed off the coast of Los Angeles had encountered swarms of mysterious drones, which pursued them at high speed in low visibility.
The outlet obtained ship logbooks and internal emails from the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act, and eyewitness descriptions from the staff on board, to establish the UAVs had a far greater aeronautical capability than any previously known drones.
Former US Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves in a F/A-18 fighter off the Virginia coast between 2015 and 2017
Graves’ F/A-18 fighter squadron spotted the ‘maneuverable’ spherical objects flying in restricted airspace near Virginia Beach almost every day from 2015 to 2017, he said.
‘I am worried, frankly. You know, if these were tactical jets from another country that were hanging out up there, it would be a massive issue,’ Graves told 60 Minutes.
‘But because it looks slightly different, we’re not willing to actually look at the problem in the face. We’re happy to just ignore the fact that these are out there, watching us every day.’
He said pilots for the U.S. Navy saw UFOs off the coast of Virginia so frequently they got used to them despite them ‘watching us’ every day
Graves’ F/A-18 fighter squadron spotted the ‘maneuverable’ objects flying in restricted airspace near Virginia Beach almost every day from 2015 to 2017
He said that pilots who have witnessed what the government calls ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ have speculated that they might be anything from a secret U.S. technology to an enemy spy plane.
Graves also conceded the aircraft could be something else entirely.
‘This is a difficult one to explain. You have rotation, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, right? I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, frankly,’ Graves told 60 Minutes while viewing one of the unclassified videos.
‘I would say, you know, the highest probability is it’s a threat observation program.’
A color image shows one of the unidentified aerial phenomena. Their technical capabilities far exceed that of any known aircraft, sparking fears for US national security
Pilots have speculated that they might be anything from a secret U.S. technology to an enemy spy plane
The outlet noted that Graves did not rule out the possibility they could be some sort of Russian or Chinese technology.
Luis Elizondo, a former official with the Defense Department, told 60 Minutes that the UAPs appear to have ‘far superior’ technology to anything the United States currently has in its known inventory.
‘Imagine a technology that can do 600 to 700 G-forces, that can fly 13,000 miles an hour, that, that can evade radar and can fly through air and water and possibly space,’ Elizondo said.
‘And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. That’s precisely what we’re seeing.’
Pyramid shaped objects spotted by hovering above the USS Russell, July 2019 (footage leaked April 2021)
Footage filmed around the same time as the spherical ball sighting – but released two months earlier – showed multiple pyramid-shaped objects hovering around 700 feet above the USS Russell Navy Destroyer.
It is also believed to have been filmed off the southern California coast, although it is unclear why Mystery Wire leaked this sighting before the sphere.
The April photos were leaked from a Pentagon investigation of UFOs by the UAP Task Force, which has been gathering evidence for a report for Congress that’s due in June, according to Mystery Wire.
The image show unidentified objects flying above four US destroyers, including the USS Kidd Navy destroyer.
The outlet had also previously released video reportedly taken in July 2019 by naval officers using a night vision device, which showed pyramid shaped objects hovering 700 feet above a Navy destroyer
Mystery Wire says the triangular objects are part of the same incident as the spherical object diving into the sea
The video was taken in July 2019 by naval officers using a night vision device
US Navy pilot made visual contact with object on November 14, 2004
At least six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrument contact with the UFO on November 14, 2004.
The encounters, which are documented in numerous interviews with first-hand witnesses, remain a mystery, and the object’s incredible speed and movements have led to speculation that it was extraterrestrial in origin.
The original FLIR video from the USS Nimitz encounters leaked online as early as 2007.
Witnesses say that clips of the video had been circulated widely on the Navy’s intranet – used to communicate between ships in the carrier group – and an unknown sailor in the group likely first leaked it.
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit on September 18, 2020
Navy Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight had been flying about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego (pictured) in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets (pictured) when they encountered an unidentified flying object described as a ‘Tic Tac’
The USS Nimitz, a US Navy aircraft carrier, was at the center of a bizarre UFO sighting saga in 2004.
The clip became one of the most-touted pieces of evidence in the UFO community when the Pentagon confirmed its authenticity in 2017.
In January, Chad Underwood, the former Navy aviator who shot the famous leaked video clip, broke his silence in an interview with New York Magazine.
He said the oblong, wingless ‘Tic Tac’ shaped object was spotted off the coast of Mexico over the Pacific.
He also revealed that for about two weeks, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton, part of Carrier Strike Group 11, had been tracking mysterious aircraft intermittently on an advanced AN/SPY-1B passive radar.
The radar contacts were so inexplicable that the system was even shut down and restarted to to check for bugs – but operators continued to track the unknown aircraft.
Then on November 14, Commander David Fravor says he was flying in an F/A-18F Super Hornet when he made visual contact with the object, which seemed to dive below the water, resurface, and speed out of sight when he tried to approach it.
As Fravor landed on the deck of the Nimitz, Underwood was just gearing up to take off on his own training run.
Fravor told Underwood about the bizarre encounter, and urged Underwood to keep his eyes open.
He recalls how he suddenly saw a blip on his radar before tracking it on his FLIR camera.
‘The thing that stood out to me the most was how erratic it was behaving,’ Underwood told the magazine.
‘And what I mean by ‘erratic’ is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets.’
Underwood said the object wasn’t obeying the laws of physics and dropped from 50,000 feet altitude to 100 feet in seconds, which he says, ‘isn’t possible’. He added that he saw no signs of an engine heat plume or any sign of propulsion.
The pilot refuses to speculate as to whether the object is an alien spacecraft or not, however.
‘That’s not my job. But I saw something. And it was also seen, via eyeballs, by both my commanding officer, Dave Fravor, and the Marine Corps Hornet squadron commanding officer who was out there as well.’