The Pentagon formally released three unclassified videos on Monday. The videos, which were captured by Navy pilots, have circulated for years showing unidentified aerial phenomena.
One video shows an incident from 2004, while the other two were recorded in January 2015, according to Defense Department spokeswoman Sue Gough. The Navy previously verified their authenticity when they became public after unauthorized leaks in 2007 and 2017.
Gough said the videos had undergone a thorough review, and the department has determined that the official release of these unclassified videos doesn’t compromise any sensitive capabilities or systems. She added that the authorized release of these videos doesn’t intrude on any subsequent investigations of military air space unauthorized entries by unidentified aerial phenomena.
The 2004 incident took place around 100 miles out in the Pacific, according to The New York Times. Two fighter pilots doing a routine training mission were dispatched to investigate unidentified flying object that had tracked by a Navy cruiser for weeks.
The Navy pilots spotted an oblong object around 40 feet long floating about 50 feet above the water, and it started a quick climb as the pilots approached before quickly flying away. One of the pilots told The Times that it accelerated like nothing they’ve ever seen.
The pilot added that they left the area to meet at a rendezvous point around 60 miles away. When they were about 40 miles out, the ship radioed and informed the object was at the rendezvous point, having cut through the distance in less than a minute.
The two other videos taken in 2015 include footage of UFOs moving rapidly through the air. One of the videos shows an object racing through the sky and rotating in midair.
A pilot exclaims on the video “Dude, this is a f–king drone, bro. “There’s a whole fleet of them,” another person says.
The first person says “they’re all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing, dude!”. “It’s rotating!”
The other 2015 video shows an object from above speeding over the ocean, prompting the pilot to ask, “What the f–k is that?”
Five Navy pilots who observed the objects in 2015 said that they had a series of interactions with unidentified aerial objects during training missions along the East Coast from Virginia to Florida in 2014 and 2015. The episodes prompted the Navy to specify how pilots should report incidents with unidentified aerial phenomena, which has been studied by the government from 2007 to 2012 under a Pentagon program.
Gough said the department was formally releasing the three videos to address questions about their integrity. She explained that “DOD is releasing the videos to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” Gough stated. “The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified.’”