The Navy says that footage they released in June that showed ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ is authentic.
However, the organization also admitted that the videos were never supposed to be shared with the public.
The spectacular footage consisted of two clips – one filmed in California in 2004, and another captured in Florida in 2015.
The second clip was recorded off the coast of Jacksonville, and features a Navy pilot exclaiming, ‘look at that thing, it’s rotating’ as he spots a UFO-like device.
The footage, filmed in 2015 by pilots off the coast of Jacksonville, is the first glimpse of this particular mission after the program behind it was declassified
The video’s release comes less than a week after three US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots
The video’s release came less than a week after three US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots.
One of those senators was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: ‘If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of,’ Politico reported.
The briefing was delivered by the Navy and included staff from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, it was also reported.
It is understood that such briefings have been on the rise since it was revealed that the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification Program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft.
One of the senators briefed was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: ‘If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of’
Members of Congress and their staffers of the Armed Service and Defense Appropriations committees were also briefed, with more meetings expected to follow.
Ed Booth, an aviation expert for News4Jax, studied the newly released footage and said Navy pilots are highly trained to report these sightings.
‘What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen,’ Booth said. ‘It’s very interesting. It’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.’
He added that seeing more pictures, or even wreckage, would shed more light on what the pilots saw.
Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos (right) that he has been briefed on UFO sightings, but is not particularly convinced that they are alien
President Trump, while discussing the UFO reports with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on June 16 said he had been briefed on the recent rise in U.S. Navy pilots reporting unidentified aircraft.
Stephanopoulos pressed the president, asking what Trump made of it.
‘I think it’s probably – I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly,’ he said.
Asked if he thought he would know if extraterrestrial life had been confirmed, president replied, ‘Well, I think my great pilots would know. Our great pilots would know.’
‘I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular,’ Trump said
‘They see things a little bit different from the past. So we’re going to see. We’re watching, and you’ll be the first to know,’ he told Stephanopolous.
The video’s release comes as Navy pilots are reporting more and more sightings of anomalous aircraft that appear to defy the laws of physics, prompting the service to roll out new guidelines last month to log sightings – though none of the information will be made public.
A Navy spokesman told The Washington Post that the reporting on UFOs would fall under ‘privileged and classified information’ so that military aviation safety organizations can ‘preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew.’
Between the summer of 2014 and March 2015 these unexplained objects were spotted almost every day over the skies off the US coast
‘For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the Air Force takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report,’ the Navy said in a statement
The new guidelines are a response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups or other sensitive military facilities and formations, the Navy said.
The Navy made it easier for sailors to report UFO sightings amid fears that the mysterious unidentified flying objects could actually be ‘extremely advanced Russian aircraft.’
‘There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,’ a spokesperson for the Navy told Politico.
The statement continued: ‘For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the US Air Force takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report’.
In recent years, there has been a need for a more formalized process of recording UFO sightings which greatly increased after World War II.
In 2017 the service said it had run a secret UFO office and spent $22 million over five years to study ‘anomalous aerospace’ threats.’
An Operations Specialist Seaman stands a lookout on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in a file photo. The Navy has issued new guidelines for reporting UFO sightings
But for now, the data ‘remains strictly within classified channels,’ said Luis Elizondo, an intelligence officer who ran the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which officially ended in 2012, according to The Post.
The Navy has pledged to update and reform their current policies for how reports of ‘suspected incursions’ are made to the correct authorities.
However, the Navy’s new policy does not mean they believe their sailors have actually encountered alien spacecraft, but rather they believe the reported sightings shouldn’t be instantly dismissed and are worthy of further investigation.