U.S. Navy Had a UFO Encounter According to Leaked Military Report

The reported UFO disturbance was said to descend rapidly from approximately 60,000 feet down to approximately 50 feet in seconds.

A recently leaked alleged military report details an incredible encounter between the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and an unidentified aircraft. U.S. Navy F-18 jet fighter pilots described the object as looking like a giant, white Tic Tac, and say it moved to evade them by shooting off at “supersonic” speeds. The USS Nimitz CSG encountered the objects over several days in 2004 off the coast of California. The most shocking parts of the report speculate that the UFO could have had the ability to “‘cloak’ or become invisible to the human eye” and “possibly… operate undersea completely undetectable by our most advanced sensors.”

Den of Geek contacted several individuals close to the case to confirm the document’s legitimacy.Last December, The New York Times posted an article revealing a Pentagon project called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) that was secretly investigating credible UFO cases. The world was tipped off to the existence of the project by the man who was recently in charge of the project, Luis Elizondo. Elizondo retired in Oct. 2017 because the government did not take the UFO situation seriously enough. He says there are “many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities,” and that “there remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation.”The New York Times article included two videos allegedly representing cases of UFOs caught on video by military aircraft. Little information about the videos is available. However, the other was said to be from an encounter between an unknown object and the USS Nimitz CSG off of the coast of San Diego in 2004.Soon after the New York Times article was released, there was a worldwide storm of press on the secretive UFO program. Elizondo and Commander David Fravor, one of the U.S. Navy jet fighter pilots who encountered the unidentified object, participated in several interviews. However, no official documents were released.On May 18, 2018, Las Vegas KLAS Channel 8’s I-Team posted an article about a leaked report they had obtained. The I-Team claims the report was “prepared by and for the military.” They obtained the report during “a whirlwind trip to Washington for a debriefing arranged by former Senator Harry Reid.” Reid had been instrumental in securing funding for the creation of AATIP.

According to the I-Team, the leaked report was put together in 2009 “with input from multiple agencies.” The report begins with an executive summary, makes several key assessments, describes the technology involved in the incident, and then describes the accounts of the personnel involved.

The executive summary reveals encounters with what they call Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs) occurred over several days, from Nov. 10 to 16, 2004 off the west coast, just before the USS Nimitz CSG left for the Arabian Sea. According to the report, “The USS Princeton on several occasions detected multiple Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs) operating in and around the vicinity of the CSG.”“The AAVs would descend ‘very rapidly’ from approximately 60,000 feet down to approximately 50 feet in a matter of seconds,” the report continues. “They would hover or stay stationary on the radar for a short time and depart at high velocities and turn rates.”According to the report, on Nov. 14, 2004, they got a closer look at one of these AAVs. It was a bright day with “blue skies, no clouds, and unlimited visibility.” After completing their training mission, two F-18s, call signs FASTEAGLE 01 and 02, were directed by the USS Princeton, a guided missile cruiser in the USS Nimitz CSG, to an unknown target. The USS Princeton also asked what weapons they had onboard, which was unusual. One of the pilots, U.S. Navy Commander David ‘Sex’ Fravor in FASTEAGLE01, says the first thing he noticed at the location of the AAV was a “disturbance of water” in the sea. He scanned the area and noticed the AAV was just above the disturbance, which he said: “looked like frothy waves and foam almost as if the water was boiling.”A U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel piloting an F-18 was also sent in to take a look. He was asked to stay above 10,000 feet as other planes were coming in lower. He also spotted the disturbance in the water.“The disturbance appeared to be 50 to 100 meters in diameter and close to round,” according to the report. “It was the only area and type of whitewater activity that could be seen and reminded him of images of something rapidly submerging from the surface like a submarine or ship sinking. It also looked like a possible area of shoal water where the swell was breaking over a barely submerged reef or island.”

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At around the same time, FASTEAGLE01 descended to about 12,000 to 16,000 feet to get a closer look. FASTEAGLE02 stayed back and maintained an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet. Fravor said the object hovered in place. He described the object as looking “like an elongated egg or a ‘Tic Tac’ and had a discernible midline horizontal axis. However, the object was uniformly white across the entire body. It was approximately 46 feet in length.”The name of the pilot in FASTEAGLE02 was redacted from the report, but he had a similar description. He said the AAV was “solid white, smooth, with no edges. It was uniformly colored with no nacelles, pylons, or wings.” He said it did not glow or reflect sunlight, and “it looked like it had a white candy-coated shell, almost like a whiteboard.” His report did differ slightly from Fravor in that he says the object did appear to be moving.Fravor decided to make a close pass of the object to try and identify it. He says as he approached, the AAV seemed to “recognize us.” He said the object realigned itself and “pointed” in his direction. The disturbance on the water also stopped. As Fravor continued his approach, the object suddenly shot up at “a supersonic speed.”Fravor asked if the USS Princeton still had the AAV on the radar, and at first was told “no.” Soon after, the USS Princeton told Fravor, “you’re not going to believe this, it’s at your CAP.” The CAP was the area Fravor had been training in earlier in the day. The USS Princeton added, the AAV “had climbed to approximately 24,000 feet.” They tried to locate the object, but it and the disturbance in the ocean were gone.Although the AAV was not seen by Fravor again, this was not the last of the anomalous activity for the day. During training exercises, the USS Nimitz CSG acquired a weak radar target. The pilot of the F-18 attempting to track the object said, it “just appeared the radar couldn’t hack it.” However, he was able to spot the object using his Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera. The pilot was at 20,000 feet traveling at 300 knots, and estimated the object was at about the same altitude or a “few thousand feet below.”The object appeared to be stationary on the FLIR camera, then moved out of the camera’s field of view and contact with the object was lost. A portion of this video was released in the New York Times article, although the pilot said he was not sure if it was the same object Fravor saw earlier in the day. He also said he only caught it on camera and never saw it with his own eyes. After he lost contact with the object, the pilot returned to his training mission.The USS Nimitz CSG included the USS Louisville Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine. Researchers asked a USS Louisville officer if their sonar caught any of the disturbance reported. The officer replied they had received “no unidentified sonar contacts in the vicinity of the aerial sightings or at any time during operations off the coast of California.”Thus the report concluded, “Based on the lack of detection of any unidentified sonar contacts it is highly unlikely that an AAV operated below the surface of the ocean.”Then the report continued with some shocking speculation. “It is possible the AAV demonstrated the ability to be cloaked or invisible to the human eye based on pilot reporting of the water disturbance with no visible craft,” the report explains. “Based on the assessment of Mr. [withheld] if the AAV did operate underwater undetected it would represent a highly advanced capability given the advanced capability of our sensors.”

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The report also made note of a significant amount of ridicule the pilots involved with the AAV incident received once back on the carrier. Fravor said when he was back onboard he reported to the Carrier Intelligence Center (CVIC). Once he got there, he says, “CVIC had donned tin-foil caps and wanted to know about the ‘UFO flight.’”CVIC completed a mission report (MISREP) on the incident, but the Carrier Air Wing Intelligence Officer was not taking the situation seriously. Out of respect for Fravor, who is described as “a very experienced and highly respected squadron commanding officer,” the report was sent up to the Commander of the Air Wing, who also did not take the incident seriously.

According to the report, “When asked what [the Commander of the Air Wing] thought the AAV was he replied that he believed it was part of a counter drug operation based on the area of operations.”The author of the leaked report disagreed and wrote these “key assessments.”

  • The Anomalous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) was no known aircraft or air vehicle currently in the inventory of the United States or any foreign nation.

  • The AAV exhibited advanced aerodynamic performance with no visible control surfaces and no visible means to generate lift.

  • The AAV exhibited advanced propulsion capability by demonstrating the ability to remain stationary with little to no variation in altitude transitioning to horizontal and/or vertical velocities far greater than any know aerial vehicle with little to no visible signature.

  • The AAV possibly demonstrated the ability to ‘cloak’ or become invisible to the human eye or human observations.

  • The AAV possibly demonstrated a highly advanced capability to operate undersea completely undetectable by our most advanced sensors.

Since KLAS leaked this report, there have been some doubts as to whether the military wrote it. Doubters have claimed the report does not follow the correct format, is speculative, and lists Wikipedia as sources in a couple of instances.I-Team member George Knapp, who wrote the article releasing the report, said he was not able to share more information about his sources at the time we contacted him. However, Leslie Kean, one of the authors of the December New York Times article, tweeted the report and wrote, “This was provided to us at the NY Times by a source in 2017. It was not classified; I can confirm that it’s legit.”When we contacted Kean, she said she doesn’t know for sure, but she thinks the group contracted by AATIP, Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), put it together. She is probably right.The New York Times article reported Bigelow Aerospace was contracted to perform UFO investigations for AATIP.  Robert Bigelow, a Las Vegas businessman and owner of the hotel chain Budget Suites of America, founded Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow has had a lifelong interest in UFOs and the paranormal. He is also interested in space. He founded Bigelow Aerospace in 1995 and it has become a significant player in the commercial space industry. BAASS is the division in Bigelow Aerospace dedicated to exploring the unknown.Dr. Eric Davis is an astrophysicist who has worked with BAASS and he recently responded to comments on social media that were criticising the format of the leaked Nimitz report. “The 2009 Nimitz Tic-Tac UFO report is a typical sensitive-but-unclassified Navy component agency field investigation report, and I know the investigators/authors,” Davis wrote on Facebook. “The report followed the investigators’ own document/report format as there was no requirement for them to use any specific [Department of Defense] or [U.S. Navy] component agency document format.”Further confirmation came from documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. Corbell is currently working on a project with Knapp regarding BAASS investigations and has been researching the Nimitz UFO event for several years. Corbell has been in contact with Fravor and he told Den of Geek that, according to Fravor, the report leaked by Knapp and KLAS is the most accurate account of the events he has seen.Corbell also says he has spoken with military sources who say the Tic Tac object actively jammed the F-18s radars. There was a large round object spotted under the water at the disturbance that some believe the Tic Tac object docked with, and that the large round object was seen leaving the water.

Corbell says he will be releasing more information on his investigation sometime in the future, but even without Corbell’s claims, the Nimitz report is mind-boggling, and according to Elizondo, there are more UFO cases in the Pentagon files just as juicy.“There are many, many Nimitz incidences that are equally compelling, that are told from the eyes of people like Commander Dave Fravor,” Elizondo told KLAS.According to KLAS, “Another highly classified version [of the Nimitz report] was also written but is unlikely to ever be released.” When contacted by Den of Geek, Elizondo said he had seen a military report on the Nimitz incident but had not yet seen the report released by KLAS, so he is not sure if it was the same report. However, Elizondo said Knapp is a professional journalist, and he is sure Knapp would use credible sources.When we commented to Elizondo on the shocking nature of the Nimitz report, he replied, “You ain’t seen nothing yet, baby!”