2004 Navy UFO Sighting Re-examined

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Crew members who were aboard a Navy warship during a freak encounter with unidentified flying objects in 2004 have come forward with new details about the mysterious episode, offering captivating first-hand accounts.

On a training mission with the Nimitz carrier group in November 2004 about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, technicians on the USS Princeton began to notice anomalous “ghost tracks” and “clutter” on the ship’s radars.

Concerned the Princeton’s brand new AN/SPY-1B radar system was acting up, the crew recalibrated the high tech gear to clear the errors, but the ostensibly “false” radar tracks only amplified and became stronger, the first sign something rather strange was happening.

Once we finished all the recalibration and brought it back up, the tracks were actually sharper and clearer,” former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton radar technician Gary Voorhis told Popular Mechanics“Sometimes they’d be at an altitude of 80,000 or 60,000 feet. Other times they’d be around 30,000 feet, going like 100 knots.”

Their radar cross sections didn’t match any known aircraft; they were 100 percent red … no IFF [Identification Friend or Foe].

Kevin Day, a Senior Chief Operations Specialist tasked with monitoring the airspace around the Princeton, also noticed the bizarre radar artifacts from the ship’s Combat Information Center, which continued for several days.

“The reason why I say they’re weird [is] because they were appearing in groups of five to 10 at a time and they were pretty closely spaced to each other,” Day said in the documentary ‘The Nimitz Encounters,’ describing the radar tracks.

As the crew kept tabs on the mysterious signals, Voorhis became convinced this was no typical radar error, and attempted to put eyes on whatever was causing the anomaly. Using the ship’s systems to pinpoint the signal and then peering through heavily-magnified binoculars, he finally caught a glimpse. While the objects were too far away to clearly discern, Voorhis is sure he saw something zipping around in the distance.

“I couldn’t make out details, but they’d just be hovering there, then all of a sudden, in an instant, they’d dart off to another direction and stop again,” Voorhis said.

At night, they’d give off a kind of a phosphorus glow and were a little easier to see than in the day.

After nearly a week of hide-and-seek with the objects, Day persuaded his superiors to allow an intercept attempt, dispatching two F/A-18s to investigate. Making visual contact from about a mile away, the fighter pilots said they spotted an “elongated egg”-like object, “solid white, smooth, with no edges,” according to an executive summary from an “unofficial” military investigation into the incident obtained by journalist George Knapp. The objects proved too elusive for the fighter jets, however, and they were eventually forced to abandon the effort.

A second attempt would produce the now-infamous infrared footage, leaked to the media in 2017, featuring a pill-shaped object hovering in the sky, and audio of bewildered fighter pilots struggling to identify the craft. While the footage was first released by the military for use in an internal database in 2017, the Pentagon only confirmed its authenticity in September, and maintains it was never cleared for release to the general public.

Cover-up or screw-up?

Over a decade on from the mysterious encounter, Princeton crew members are still scratching their heads about what happened that week in November of 2004, as well as the events that followed.

Soon after the F/A-18 intercept, Voorhis says two men arrived on the Princeton in search of the data recordings captured during the run-in, which he was ordered to turn over immediately. Other recording devices on the ship had also been wiped clean. “They even told me to erase everything that’s in the shop – even the blank tapes,” he said.

“What really made this incident alarming was when a Blackhawk helicopter landed on our ship and took all our information from the top secret rooms,” another sailor aboard the Princeton told Popular Mechanics under condition of anonymity.

“We were all pretty shocked and it was an unspoken rule not to talk about it because we had secret clearances and didn’t want to jeopardize our careers,” he added.

Skeptical about a cover-up, however, one of the F/A-18 pilots present for the intercept, Commander David Fravor, believes the data was simply lost or recorded over on accident, though he acknowledges the disappearance of data records on the ship.

“I think Cmdr. Fravor’s opinion on how the tapes went missing is the most plausible explanation,” Vincent Aiello, another retired fighter pilot familiar with Fravor’s account, told Popular Mechanics. “However, a lot of squadron personnel have access to those materials, so it leaves the door open that someone could have intentionally taken them.”

Despite the disagreement among some of the crew about whether the Pentagon sought to bury the event under the rug, several witnesses remain convinced something bigger than a radar error was at work and stand by their stories.

“This thing, it was so much more than what you see in [the 2017] video,” said former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton crew member Jason Turner.

 

 

 


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18 COMMENTS

  1. Are we saying in the vast expanse of the universe, we (humans) are the only entities that exist?
    And maybe this planet is the center of that universe? Get real…!
    If I were an ET, I’d stay far far away from this crazy planet!

    • Certainly not so. A phrase I liked in the movie “contact” was: If it was only us, then the Universe is a waste of space.
      So, no, we are not the only intelligent species in that Universe. If we are to accept the late Zecharia Stichin works, the Annunaki made us the humans, being slaves to get the metals they needed for their planet Niburu. The fact that we are genetically engineering with an female ape like creature of earth and a male person from elsewhere, using their gametes, is written in our genes. We are GMOs, together with domesticated plants and animals The late Lloyd Pye did good exposes and presentation of his book: Everything you know is wrong. I have deveklopped comments such as these in some of Ms Carol Duff’s articles.

  2. Gordon, I have seen that video before and I suspect it to be fake. I am certainly not alone on this, especially who and how it got to the public! Look again at the central image where the supposed UFO is centered. It looks like the alleged 9-11 plane hitting the south WTC. One can clearly see that supposed plane is not real, definitely a black image of a plane inserted that day, adding the crisis actors who falsely stated in TV news they saw a commercial plane. That is how psy op works! That alleged UFO image is inserted for sure. Furthermore, I have no problem with Tom DeLonge and Peter Levanda-A good researcher- working and trying to raise consciousness to the people of the world on UFO issue, but it make me sad, especially Peter Levanda, to associate himself and being used with a CIA psy op at TTSA, especially with an obscure character that is Luis Alezondo. If people expect the truth from such a bad soup at TTSA, well as we say in France: the chicken will get teeth- We can talk about evolution in another post but that is it for now!

  3. I’ve reviewed hundreds of declassified reports going back to when they were called “Foo Fighters” and there is plenty of evidence that Governments are very concerned about unexplained aerial phenomenon. They also try to pretend they know what it is but they don’t. Best evidence is JANAP 146. The Robertson’s Panel and various reports by CIA claiming that it was a Psywar Op instigated by the Soviets.

    A good book on the subject is UFOs and the National Security State by Richard Dolan.

    • The foo fighters was what the so called allied pilots saw over the sky of Germany, were they genocidaly bombed German civilians and burn them like paper. These things were human made, by the Germans and used thorium. Gordon did an article on this: The truth behind interstellar I believe. These devices could defeat gravity and lighten the night sky so that the Germans could shoot the RAF or USAF planes. Richard Dolan is a good researcher on UFO. His secret space program’s presentations 2011 and 2014 are still available in YouTube. He is the one who coined the term: Breakaway civilisation. I am just a bit disappointed with him and Peter Levanda for selling their services with CIA infested TTSA. As I said, if you expect to have some truth with these CIA people, again we say: the chicken will get teeth…

  4. John, with all due respect, the great percentage of UFOs observed have nothing to do with the so-called grays, reptilians or any ETs catalogues most people have been brainwashed and screwed with thanks to Hollywood. The great majority of these phenomenom can be explained close to home. I would not repeat myself but I have put quite a lot of comments in Gordon’s “Why we are lied to?” article he republished. Talking about Roswell from the 4th to the 08th July 1947, read again the Twiinings/Shulgen memos. These USAF officers do not talk about alien bodies-like the movies. That was introduced decades later and the trail is messy.- The 2 officers are talking bout an expensive exotic technology still within human possibilities. You need a lot of cash and geniuses to make these operational. Also the memos are asking: where the famous German Horten brothers are, especially the sister? Last time I check, these are humans! Finally, the only thing which puzzled both officers was the sheer numbers of UFOs observed worldwide. They made the hypothesis that, since they no that there is no production facilities of such numbers in the US and USSR, it must be off-world, but off-world was blown out of proportion and did not mean extra terrestrial necessarily ! It could mean, in my view, what Richard Dolan coined as the breakaway civilisation, advanced but human nonetheless.

    • Eh well, John, that your silly way of argumentation! I provided you basic facts you can research for yourself on what happened at Roswell in 1947 based on primary official sources, not the mumbo-jumbo following decades later. The fact that hidden technologies which contradicts our standard understanding of physics have been suppressed can be researched and do exist. If you want to dismiss these, keep going on the darkness! Unless, yourself and so many who are deluded with Hollywood brainwashing expect little green man of various forms coming out of its ship in a public platform like UNGA. Again, the chicken will have teeth when that will happen! If that may happen, think of the Twilight Zone series, when a tall humanoid alien came at the UNGA with a book of their writing: to serve man. At the end of the movie, it was good news for these humanoids, since their book was actually a cook book! Bon appetit monsieur. So far, the only alien human like I accept so far is the visit here to Earth is what the late Zecharia Stichin translated from the Sumerian tables. It has to do with the”fifty who from haven came down to Earth”, in Akkadian meaning: Annunaki, almost the same Hebrew word for Nephilim- Our makers and the makers of all megaliths/pyramids all over the world . One other person I respect is also Ms Linda Moulton and her works, as there are valuable information but I do not reach most of her conclusions.

    • That was part of the deception. The people have been brainwashed, especially thanks to Hollywood to make the automatic connection UFO and aliens. Also they are telling us that, with such an advanced technological capabilities, the aliens and their craft manage to crash their craft on Earth. Thereafter, they recover bodies and reverse the technologies, that gave us the micro chip, fibre optic, led…. This is a fallacy and also time to wake up. The story lies under the closing days of WWII, what Germany was capable technologically but still on a prototype level. Both the USSR and USA took their share of these German scientists. After the war, in the US, most project went “black”. This is where one should look for UFOs and others. Expensive and exotic, nonetheless human…

  5. There are lots of cameras in this world. If you are on a flight line, and an exercise is operational, personnel are not warned they are to be strafed. Testing on our own troops is standard operating procedure. Thats my military angle.
    Induced hallucination is a thing also. Individuals or groups can see things due to a type of ‘spiritual energy’. Terrestrial vs extraterrestrial, I’m going with terrestrial phenomena because the cases are even more numerous outside the military. Everything from a shadow to a “real person” can be induced by existing terrestrial super intelligent beings that are both natural and man made. Whales in the ocean, whales in the sky. When I consider the non-corporeal world, I see it as diverse as life in front of us. The chemistry of emotion opens “windows”. Much has been forgotten or erased. It is convenient and informative to understand these encounters by reference to ‘stars’, as they provide information as to motive and message. We are about to cross the rubicon into the science of the invisible.

  6. I’ve been interested in the UFO phenomenon since I was eight years old, read books by Maj.Keyhoe and others, read numerous reports, hundreds of photos and now videos are being posted around the planet.
    The evidence is there for all to see and Stanton Freidman (dec.) nuclear physicist and investigator, stated, the sickness of non belief, is just that. It was Freidman who opened up the Roswell case in the 1970s, which has since become known world wide.
    Those who refuse to accept the truth about ETs and that we are and have been visited and observed for who knows how many millennia are simply in a state of denial.
    The articles by Preston James add more knowledge and understanding of who they are and in some cases the dangers they pose to humans on this planet.
    Sooner or later THEY will openly make themselves known to everybody and even the deniers and government stooges won’t be able to cover it up. Even now they are failing miserably.
    They are real and we are not alone.

    • John, with all due respect, the great percentage of UFOs observed have nothing to do with the so-called grays, reptilians or any ETs catalogues most people have been brainwashed and screwed with thanks to Hollywood. The great majority of these phenomenom can be explained close to home. I would not repeat myself but I have put quite a lot of comments in Gordon’s “Why we are lied to?” article he republished. Talking about Roswell from the 4th to the 08th July 1947, read again the Twiinings/Shulgen memos. These USAF officers do not talk about alien bodies-like the movies. That was introduced decades later and the trail is messy.- The 2 officers are talking bout an expensive exotic technology still within human possibilities. You need a lot of cash and geniuses to make these operational. Also the memos are asking: where the famous German Horten brothers are, especially the sister? Last time I check, these are humans! Finally, the only thing which puzzled both officers was the sheer numbers of UFOs observed worldwide. They made the hypothesis that, since they no that there is no production facilities of such numbers in the US and USSR, it must be off-world, but off-world was blown out of proportion and did not mean extra terrestrial necessarily ! It could mean, in my view, what Richard Dolan coined as the breakaway civilisation, advanced but human nonetheless.

    • I believe in UFOs, but why an advanced civilization from another planet would have any reason want to come here to this loser planet crowded fools, lost in a insignificant arm close to the outer border of the milky way galaxy ???