By Robert A. Vella
Earlier this week, I discussed some startling revelations about UFO sightings by the U.S. Navy. I’ll cite those comments here as background for today’s story:
Official focus on UFOs has increased remarkably in recent years after public disclosure of the Pentagon’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) in 2017 which documented credible and unexplainable sightings by the U.S. Navy including a 2004 incident involving the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
AATIP was headed by Luis Elizondo who subsequently has been trying to educate the public about the reality of UFOs, and he is not alone. Christopher Mellon, a former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (and later for Security and Information Operations) and also a former Staff Director of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, stated this recently on the subject:
“We know that UFOs exist. This is no longer an issue. The NAVY itself has publicly acknowledged the fact that they exist, and NAVY pilots―active duty pilots―have gone on the record in the New York Times acknowledging the fact that they exist. So the issue now is: why are they here, where are they coming from and what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?”
Both Elizondo and Mellon are featured in a new History Channel docuseries titled Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation. It began airing three weeks ago, but I didn’t notice it until last week. I was skeptical of watching that episode because of History Channel’s reputation with its highly speculative and cultish Ancient Aliens series. I did watch it, however, after reading the program information which sparked my interest. To my surprise, the episode was generally fact-based and revealed some startling aspects of AATIP I hadn’t known before:
U.S. military personnel aboard the USS Nimitz carrier group observed UFOs both entering the ocean from the atmosphere around Mexico’s Guadalupe Island (250 miles southwest of Ensenada) and exiting the ocean into the atmosphere in an apparent display of technology known as “transmedium travel” which has never been developed by humans (to my knowledge).
U.S. Navy personnel reported tracking submerged USOs (Unidentified Submerged Object) in the area moving at twice the speed of the fastest nuclear submarines.
Elizondo asserted that the Department of Defense (DoD) is antithetical to UFO reporting and may have cancelled AATIP because there are high ranking officials who are fundamentalist Christians who see UFOs as evil spirits and that reporting such observations are doing the work of Satan.
Now, I can report that active U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Ryan Graves (and the above mentioned Christopher Mellon) testified in private before Congress (Department of Defense officials were in attendance) and has gone public with his story. While some information from his testimony is still classified, what he did reveal to Luis Elizondo (which aired last night on the History Channel) was shocking to say the least.
From 2014 to 2015, while the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was conducting exercises off the coast of Virginia and then was sent to the Persian Gulf to assist U.S. military operations in Syria, U.S. Navy pilots encountered formations of UFOs exhibiting technology far in advance of contemporary science. Graves described the apparent intent of these objects as “shadowing” the carrier group’s activities (i.e. surveillance), and he identified three distinct UFO configurations – a single gyroscope shaped object recorded in the “gimbal” video, numerous smaller spheres as depicted in the “go fast” video, and a cube shaped object which nearly collided with the carrier’s F-18 fighter jets forcing them to take evasive action.
Graves estimated that at least 50-60 U.S. Navy pilots and personnel observed or had knowledge of the UFOs. Only one other pilot, Lt. Danny Accoin, would publicly discuss the encounters although he was extremely cautious about what he said in the interview.
At the end of last night’s Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation episode, Elizondo and Mellon addressed both the seriousness of these encounters as well as the Pentagon’s reticence to even discuss it. They asserted that if these UFOs had Chinese or Russian insignias on them, the DoD would be livid and demand that Congress appropriate billions of dollars to research and replicate such advanced technology to protect U.S. national security. That the Pentagon isn’t outraged over this is extremely puzzling, they said.
Some US Navy pilots reported spotting UFOs while training over the East Coast in 2014 and 2015, they said in a recent New York Times report.
The pilots told the paper they saw “strange objects” with “no visible engine or infared exhaust plumes” reaching at least 30,000 feet and flying at hypersonic speeds almost daily while training off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.
“These things would be out there all day,” said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years and who said he reported the sightings to the Pentagon and Congress.
“Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
The unidentified flying objects were seen performing maneuvers that were “beyond the physical limits of a human crew,” like stopping rapidly, turning instantly or immediately accelerating at hypersonic speeds, the pilots said.