New details have been out about the
mysterious episode of a crazy encounter with UFOs in 2004. Crew members who
were on board a Navy warship during the encounter have come forward, offering
new captivating first-hand accounts.
In November 2004, technicians on a training
mission with the Nimitz carrier group about a hundred miles off the coast of
Southern California started to notice unusual ghost tracks and clutter on the
radars of the ship.
Concerned on the brand new AN/SPY-1B radar
system on the Princeton was acting up, the crew recalibrated the advanced
device to clear the errors, but the seemingly “false” radar tracks only became
stronger, the first sign something rather unusual was taking place.
Princeton radar technician Gary Voorhis
said that the tracks were sharper and clearer after they finished all the recalibration
and brought their radar system back up. Voorhis said that the UFOs were sometimes
at an altitude of 80,000 or 60,000 feet, and other times they were around
30,000 feet going around 100 knots.
Senior Chief Operations Specialist Kevin
Day, who was tasked with airspace monitoring around the Princeton, also
observed strange radar artifacts from the Combat Information Center of the
ship. These bizarre artifacts continued for several days, according to Mr Day.
Voorhis became convinced it was not a radar
error as the crew kept tabs on the bizarre signals. He finally caught a glimpse
of the UFOs using the ship’s technology to pinpoint the signal and then peering
through heavily-magnified binoculars. He is sure he saw something zipping
around in the distance.
Day persuaded his superiors to allow an
intercept attempt after nearly a week of hide-and-seek with the strange
objects. Two F/A-18s were dispatched to investigate. The fighter pilots said
they made a visual contact from about a mile away and noticed an elongated
egg-liked object that was solid white, smooth, and no edges. However, the
objects proved too elusive for the fighter jets, forcing them to withdraw the
A second attempt would make the
now-infamous infrared footage, leaked to the public in 2017. It features a
pill-shaped object flying in the sky and audio of confused fighter pilots,
struggling to identify the craft. The Pentagon only confirmed its authenticity
in September 2019 and maintained it was never cleared for release to the
Voorhis said that two men arrived on the
Princeton soon after the F/A-18 intercept and asked for data recordings
captured during the run-in, which he was ordered to turn over immediately. He
revealed that other ship’s recording devices had also been wiped clean.
Another sailor aboard the Princeton, who
chose to be unnamed, said that a Blackhawk helicopter landed on their ship and
took all their information from the secret rooms. He noted that it was an
unspoken rule not to talk about it due to their secret clearances and did not
want to jeopardize their careers.