‘Wow! What is that, man?’: Navy revamping policy for UFO reports

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Two U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 7 fly past the Spanish navy Bazan-class frigate ESPS M’ndez N’ez in the Mediterranean Sea April 15, 2019.

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The Navy is revamping its protocols for reporting unidentified aircraft due to an uptick in such unauthorized flights into restricted air space, the service said.

‘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,’ the Navy said in a statement.

The subject of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, captured the public’s attention last year after several declassified Defense Department videos showed Navy pilots encountering oval objects that moved at great speed. In one video, an F-18 fighter jet pilot flying along the East Coast of the United States gasps, ‘Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!’

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A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects ‘ or as the military calls them, ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ ‘ prompted the Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue.

‘Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,’ Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, unidentified aircraft have entered military-designated airspace as often as multiple times per month. ‘We want to get to the bottom of this. We need to determine who’s doing it, where it’s coming from and what their intent is. We need to try to find ways to prevent it from happening again.’

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U.S. Navy drafting new guidelines for reporting UFOs

The Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft ‘ but it also does not want to dismiss strange aerial sightings by credible military personnel. | Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings ‘ and destigmatize them.

The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities, the service says.

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The US Navy Wants Pilots to Report UFO Sightings

The Navy told Politico on Tuesday that the decision was made in response to recent sightings of unidentifiable aircraft spotted near protected airspace and naval and air formations.

“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated airspace in recent years,” the Navy said in a statement to Politico. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [US Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.’

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Date: 2019-04-24T21:19:22Z
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