While officials admit that they are largely baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that encounters with them have been quite frequent—and they also don’t want us to call them “UFOs.”
Instead, the preferred terminology is “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs.
The three clips of footage taken by Navy pilots were originally released in 2017 and 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences (TTS), a UFO research organization founded by former Blink 182 frontman Tom De Longe. The three videos have been dubbed “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast.”
At the time of their release, TTS called the videos “the first official evidence released by the US government that can be rightfully designated as credible, authentic confirmation that unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) are real.”
And now, officials from the Pentagon are admitting that this is the case.
In initial comments to the Black Vault, Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher confirmed:
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena.”
In one of the videos captured on November 14, 2004, Navy pilots lock onto a target just before it rapidly accelerates out of the left side of the frame, far too fast for the jets’ sensors to remain locked-on.
In the two other videos, both from 2015, U.S. fighter pilots can be heard discussing what they are seeing. In the “Gimbal” clip, the pilots say:
“It’s a fucking drone, bro!”
“There’s a whole fleet of ‘em…”
“My gosh! They’re all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots out of the west.”
“Look at that thing, dude!”
The Navy spokesman told Time magazine:
“The reason why I’m talking about it is to drive home the seriousness of this issue.
The more I talk, the more our aviators and all services are more willing to come forward.”
Gradisher declined to speculate on whether the unidentified objects in the videos were extraterrestrial vessels—but did note that they are usually proven to be far more boring objects such as drones. He said:
“The frequency of incursions have increased since the advents of drones and quadcopters.”
Continuing, he noted that “very much an ongoing investigation” into the objects captured in the videos. Gradisher explained:
“Incursions by [unidentified aerial phenomena] represent a safety hazard to aviators and security issues for operations. The Navy is investigating the incursions seen in the three videos.”
He added that sightings do “occur frequently.”
In separate comments to CNN, Gradisher noted that the three videos are merely the tip of the iceberg. He said:
“This is all about frequent incursions into our training ranges by UAPs.
Those incursions present a safety hazard to the safe flight of our aviators and the security of our operations.
For many years, our aviators didn’t report these incursions because of the stigma attached to previous terminology and theories about what may or may not be in those videos.”
In short: the truth is out there. And the U.S. Navy wants to make it crystal-clear that if we want to find out what exactly those UAPs are, service members should be unashamed to report them without fear.