- In 1989, I was an officer on the aircraft carrier, USS
Midway. After having been off the ship for a couple of weeks to help with
the birth of my first child, I joined the ship in the Indian Ocean steaming
toward the Gulf of Oman. During this time period, oil tankers had been
attacked while going through the Strait of Hormuz.
- One day, I was standing watch in the CDC (combat direction
center). It was my job to overwatch the activity of a crew whose job it
was to track the position and movement of all surface contacts (ships)
in our vicinity. We never like anybody getting within three miles of us,
and we are especially wary when there is a possibility that we may be attacked.
I was watching my own radar scope, which happens to be two feet in diameter,
very closely, when the sweep of the radar showed three bright returns equally
distant from each other.
- On the next sweep, there were three blips again. However,
they had moved quite a distance. Normally, if a single blip moved that
far in a single sweep, I would have taken it as a random high wave crest.
But, these three blips were quite strong returns, and they maintained
an exact triangular formation. If an aircraft flew low enough, it could
sometimes be detected on my "surface" radar which is aimed low
to detect ships.
- My first thought was that these were three aircraft.
But, I had seen aircraft on my screen before, and these blips were moving
far faster than anything I had seen before, far faster than even our fighter
jets. My second thought was that the blips were missiles. This concerned
me a little to say the least. I immediately contacted the other half of
CDC which keeps track of the air traffic. I was very certain that they
would not have allowed anybody to slip within our perimeter! , which happens
to be fifty miles in the air. I asked if our guys were firing any missiles
- I thought this might have been a possibility, especially
since the blips weren't moving directly at us. They were coming closer
but on a tangent. The air guys didn't have a clue about what I was asking
them but said that we were conducting no tests. When the three blips got
to what would be their closest point on the tangent, two of the blips made
a ninety degree turn away from the ship. The third however, turned directly
toward the ship. I was rather excited at the time, but if I had to hazard
a guess, I would say that about a minute had passed between the time when
I first noticed the three blips and when they turned. I was extremely
agitated, and since the guys on the air side apparently weren't detecting
my bogies, I called to the lookouts on the 1MC (intercom).
- We have actual people on the superstructure with binoculars.
I told them that we had something coming in at us at a high rate of speed,
and I told them what direction it was coming from. I yelled at the commander
in charge of the complete CDC telling him what was going on, but the bogie
was coming in so fast that there was no time to react. When the bogie
got to within one mile of our ship, it suddenly disappeared from my radar
scope. I called to the lookouts, but they had seen nothing.
- I reported everything to the commander, but his reaction
was strange. There was no reaction at all. While contemplating all the
things that had just happened, I realized that I couldn't have been tracking
missiles. There are none on earth that I know of that can travel at the
velocity I saw on my radar screen. Sure, maybe a shuttle in the vacuum
of space, but these bogies had to be flying within thirty feet of the surface
of the water for my radar to detect them. A few minutes had passed when
the three blips appeared again at nearly the same starting point as the
first time. I hollered to the commander letting him know they were back.
I called to the air side again. Basically, everything repeated almost
- After the second run, I was extremely disturbed. Something
unidentified could fly to within a mile of us without full detection, without
our lookouts seeing it, and with our total inability to do anything about
it even with all the might of an aircraft carrier at hand. The commander
seemed strangely unaffected.
- So, I left my station, walked over to the commander and
expressed as calmly as possible the facts and why they were so distressing
to me. I said, "Something just got to within one mile of us, and
it got there faster than anything I've ever seen. It made course changes
that should have been impossible. And, the only way our lookouts couldn't
have seen it, is if it dove into the water. How is this possible?"
I told him that I was a skeptic but that the only explanation I could
think of was that these things might have been UFOs, like flying saucers
from another world.
- He spoke rather quietly and said that while I had been
off the ship, our CDC had detected an unidentified aircraft and that we
had launched, what we call, our alert fighter to intercept and identify
it. He said that the alert fighter had gotten to within visual range,
the pilot saw a metallic glint, when the object accelerated away from him
and dove into the water. The pilot flew over the area, but there was no
hint of a crash. One of the carrier's escort ships was sent to the area,
but not a trace of anything was found. He said he believed that also had
been a flying saucer.
- I am still an officer in the U.S. Navy, so I am reluctant
to reveal very much personal information. I will give corroborating details
if necessary. I'm not saying that what I experienced was proof of extraterrestrial
visitation, but I am certainly open to the possibility.
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