Navy says releasing classified UFO materials could “damage” US national security

Navy says releasing classified UFO materials could “damage” US national security

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The U.S. Navy has admitted that it has classified briefings and a top-secret video concerning a 2004 "encounter" between the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and an unidentified flying object (UFO) off the coast of San Diego.

The Navy acknowledged the existence of the documents following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Vice. In response, the Navy said in a letter that releasing the materials would pose a "grave" national security risk to the U.S.

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The Navy revealed that it had “discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET. A review of these materials indicates that they are currently and appropriately Marked and Classified TOP SECRET under Executive Order 13526, and the Original Classification Authority has determined that the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”

In 2019, the Navy admitted for the first time that three videos, one from the 2004 encounter and two from 2015, were authentic videos of UFO encounters.

“We have also determined that ONI possesses a video classified SECRET that ONI is not the Original Classification Authority for,” the letter added, referring to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).

A Pentagon spokesperson acknowledged the video's existence but suggested the Navy has no plans of releasing it, according to Vice.

“The Department of Defense, specifically the U.S. Navy, has the video. As Navy and my office have stated previously, as the investigation of UAP sightings is ongoing, we will not publicly discuss individual sighting reports/observations,” Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough said. “However, I can tell you that the date of the 2004 USS Nimitz video is Nov. 14, 2004. I can also tell you that the length of the video that’s been circulating since 2007 is the same as the length of the source video. We do not expect to release this video.”

The incident: During a combat training exercise in 2004, U.S. Navy pilots aboard the USS Nimitz encountered an oblong-shaped object suspended mid-air above the Pacific despite strong winds. Infrared footage of the UFO was first released in 2017 by a former intelligence officer, who also exposed the Defense Department's secretive Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which began in 2007 and ended in 2012 and analyzed reported UFO sightings.

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