Statement by the Department of Defense on the Release of Historical Navy Videos
April 27, 2020
“The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017. The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena. DOD is releasing the videos in order 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. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as “unidentified.” The released videos can be found at the Naval Air Systems Command FOIA Reading Room: https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents.”
The U.S. Navy has officially published three videos that show UFOs are genuine, several years after the notorious clips first leaked online and properly ushered in the UFO renaissance. Last year, the Navy confirmed the three videos, taken by Navy pilots, indeed show “unexplained aerial phenomena,” but the service also said the footage should have never been released to the public in the first place.
The Navy just dropped the three videos—titled “FLIR.mp4,” “GOFAST.wmv,” and “GIMBAL.wmv”—on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) page, a repository for documents released under the federal law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of U.S. government information to the public. The clips were first released in 2017 and 2018 by The New York Times and To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a UFO research group from former blink-182 member Tom DeLonge.
In November 2004, Navy fighter pilots with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group spotted a strange, Tic Tac-shaped UFO—“around 40 feet long and oval in shape”—about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. “FLIR” shows this encounter. Then, in January 2015, an F/A-18F fighter jet off the East Coast captured additional videos using the aircraft’s onboard Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod. “GIMBAL” and “GOFAST” show this encounter. In the videos, air crews loudly debate what the objects are and where they came from.
“The Department of Defense [DOD] has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough says in a statement.
In September 2019, the Navy admitted the clips were legitimate, and the objects shown are “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP), the catch-all term for the “sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges,” per a spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare.
“After a thorough review,” Gough says, “the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Gough says DOD released the videos in order 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.”
“The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified,’” says Gough.
But our reporting suggests there is more to this story. In November 2019, Popular Mechanics interviewed several Nimitz witnesses, who said they saw a longer, better video of the encounter than the one released to the public. One witness, for example, told us he “definitely saw video that was roughly 8 to 10 minutes long and a lot more clear.”
In 2019 the US Navy photographed and filmed “PYRAMID” shaped UFOs and advanced transmedium vehicles; here is that footage. This is only part of the story and visual evidence pertaining to UFO / UAP incursions by Unknown Advanced Transmedium Vehicles (UATVs) – engaging our US Navy warships.
The US Navy photographed and filmed “SPHERICAL” shaped UFOs and advanced transmedium (Space/Airspace/Water) vehicles; here is that footage. This footage was filmed in the CIC (Combat Information Center) of the USS Omaha on July 15th 2019 in a warning area off San Diego. This footage depicts a UAP event series that reached a crescendo with one of the unknown targets entering the water. No wreckage found. None of the unknown craft were recovered.
LOCATION OF SHIP 32°29’21.9”N 119°21’53.0”W
TIME OF EVENT (SUBMERSION) 11pm PST (6am GMT – indicated a day ahead on display)
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS
- * Minimum 14 targets.
- * Minimum 6ft in diameter – solid mass.
- * Varying speeds from 40 kts – 138 kts (46 mph – 158 mph).
- * Flight lasting longer than an hour.
- * Unknowns were illuminated.
- * Unable to discern origin, nor launch or landing points.
- * Unknown vehicles picked up on more than two types of RADAR.
- * Still images of this footage were included in the May 1st, 2020 UAPTF intelligence briefing that I have previously reported on.
- * It is noted in intelligence reports that the “spherical” craft appeared to be transmedium capable, and were observed descending into the water without destruction.
- * It is noted in intelligence reports that the “spherical” craft could not be found upon entry to the water – that a submarine was used in the search – and recovered nothing.
- * This footage is unclassified. * Craft remain officially – unidentified.
:05 “Took off, bookin’ it.”
:21 “Break, OMAHA, PINCKNEY, KIDD, RAFAEL PERALTA possibility to launch helo ASAP”.
:28 “If it splashes you get a bearing and range.”
:30 “Yes sir.”
:32 “… keep going bro [inaudible]”
:36 “… it’s windy as fuck out there.”
:42 “… got a lotta white water out there. Six foot swells.”
:43 “Whoa, it’s getting close.”
:50 “We have, uh, 31 knots sustained wind topside, gust of 40 [knots].”
:56 “Whoa, it splashed!”
:58 “Mark bearing and range.”