Sailors on board a fleet of Navy warships sailing off the Southern California coast in July 2019 witnessed several of the ships being swarmed by a host of unidentified flying objects.
The incident went on for hours, and then happened again and again throughout the month, with craft hovering and zipping around near the fleet with flashing multicolored lights.
Navy chiefs have tried to explain away the incident, with the Deputy Director for Naval Intelligence saying he was ‘reasonably confident’ the objects were drones.
But documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, says that crew from the ships have told him the swarms of ‘at least 100’ UFOs possessed unexplainable capabilities far beyond traditional drones.
And he warned that unless the government can determine who was behind the swarm, the intelligence failure would ‘dwarf our mistakes made surrounding the events of 9/11.’
‘I don’t care if these were ”drones” or true UFOs, pyramids, triangles or even seagulls with lights strapped onto their wings. I want the fundamental question to be answered. Do we know the controllers of these units?’ he said.
Naval crew have told documentary maker Jeremy Corbell that US warships were swarmed in 2019 by ‘at least 100’ UFOs with unexplainable capabilities
Last year Corbell published videos from the warship incidents that set social media ablaze
Still images from a video show a spherical object diving into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Jeremy Corbell says the video shows ‘FLIR [forward looking infrared] data’ that is complimented by the radar footage
In an historic hearing on UFOs held last month, Deputy Director for Naval Intelligence Scott Bray dismissed the footage, saying he was ‘reasonably confident’ the objects were drones
Contrary to the official Navy version of events, the shocking claims raise the prospect that the craft filmed and caught on radar about 100 miles off the San Diego coast were either incredibly advanced foreign technology, or something otherworldly.
‘We don’t know yet what exactly these craft were. But whatever they are, their abilities and presence alone represents a serious national security issue and shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand,’ Corbell told DailyMail.com.
Last year the film-maker published videos from the warship incidents that set social media ablaze.
The videos, verified by the Pentagon, pictured flashing objects hovering above US Navy ships in the Pacific Ocean west of San Diego, radar screens picking up nine of the craft, and infrared footage of one orb-shaped object diving into the ocean.
But in an historic hearing on UFOs held last month, Deputy Director for Naval Intelligence Scott Bray dismissed the footage, saying he was ‘reasonably confident’ the objects were drones.
Last week the Navy also released briefing slides suggesting the craft were ‘Quadcopter style UAS [unmanned aerial systems]’ and likely came from a nearby Hong Kong-registered freight ship.
Corbell is now hitting back, claiming that he has ‘dozens’ of accounts from crew, investigators and briefed officials who say that the freight ship was ruled out, the nature and origin of the craft are still unknown, and that they flew in ways that would put publicly known drone technology to shame.
According to Corbell’s sources and the Navy’s own documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), these craft’s capabilities included hovering at altitudes of up to 21,000ft, flying for more than four hours, traveling long distances in one flight, and being apparently impervious to anti-drone Navy technology.
The Navy documents show the freight ship, Bass Strait, was docked in Long Beach, California, about 100 miles away when some of the incidents occurred – making Corbell’s contacts skeptical it could have been the source of the swarm.
Corbell paraphrased one witness on the destroyer the USS Russell who he claims told him they saw one of the craft ‘accelerate instantaneously into the upper atmosphere’, and that other sources with knowledge of the case said the objects were detected moving from the air into the sea.
I don’t care if these were ”drones” or true UFOs, pyramids, triangles or even seagulls with lights strapped onto their wings. I want the fundamental question to be answered. Do we know the controllers of these units?
One of the biggest mysteries about the ‘drones’ is how they were able to hold enough power to fly for so long, high, fast and far.
A crewman with direct knowledge of the case, who spoke to DailyMail.com on condition of anonymity, called the incident ‘world-changing.’
‘We don’t yet have enough information to say whether this is man-made technology or not,’ the Naval officer said. ‘But the amazing energy capacity of these craft is world-changing regardless.’
Navy briefing documents released under FOIA and published this month by defense news site The Drive detail eight incidents where ‘unmanned aerial systems’ (UAS) swarmed five warships in the Pacific Ocean off the Southern California coast.
The incidents occurred on four days between July 15 and July 30.
Objects referred to as UAS or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAV), two technical terms for drones, were caught on camera, radar, and seen by sailors flying over and beside the ships.
Some of the incidents lasted as long as four and a half hours, and craft were observed as high as 21,000ft in the air over the ocean.
The USS Paul Hamilton took this photo on July 15, 2019, of the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, MV Bass Strait, which they believe was controlling drones flying over their vessel
Last week the Navy released briefing slides suggesting the craft were ‘Quadcopter style UAS [unmanned aerial systems]’ and likely came from a nearby Hong Kong freight ship. The briefing slide states that the Navy assessed that the commercial cargo ship was likely conducting surveillance on Navy vessels using drones, or unidentified aerial vehicles (UAV)
The USS Paul Hamilton logs, obtained by The Drive, show that, on July 14, 2019, the night watch reported seeing possible drones. The SNOOPIE (Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination) team began investigating at 5:11am on July 15
A sighting by the USS Russell on July 30, 2019 detected five ‘unknown UAS’ according to a Navy description of the incident obtained by The Drive under FOIA
‘Drone’ encounters off the coast of southern California
March 30, 2019
– USS Harpers Ferry reports as many as eight unknown drones flying directly over the ship at an altitude of about 500 feet, ‘conducting collection operations’.
April 24, 2019
– USS Zumwalt identifies six drones flying overhead in a ‘consistent pattern’ that did not alter ‘course, speed, or altitude.’
July 15, 2019
– USS Paul Hamilton is followed by drones for four hours from MV Bass Strait.
– USS Bunker Hill followed by 11 drones from MV Bass Strait.
– USS Ralph Johnson reports a suspected 14 drones surrounding it.
– USS Omaha catches at least nine objects on radar, and films a spherical object diving into the ocean on an infrared camera.
July 17, 2019
– USS Russell reports three suspected drones flying over it for an hour, from an unknown location.
July 21, 2019
– USS Paul Hamilton again reports drones ahead, this time believed to be ‘local fisherman operating personal quadcopters.’
July 25, 2019
– USS Gabrielle Giffords finds four drones overhead, and request help from the nearby USS Pinckney. Three small boats were nearby.
July 30, 2019
– USS Russell sees two groups of lights, containing five drones, over a period of about three hours. Communication was never established with the nearby pleasure craft.
– USS Paul Hamilton reports multiple drones overhead, some only 200 yards away.
The Drive highlighted the description of the craft as ‘quadcopter style UAS’ in reports released by the Navy.
But a senior staffer at a US defense contractor who is an expert in military technology told DailyMail.com they believed the craft that hovered above the Russell were ‘much more advanced’ than a traditional drone.
The contractor, who asked not to be named due to their job’s sensitivity, said modified quadcopters can fly as high as 30,000ft but only for short periods.
‘The best quadcopter battery lasts an hour or so,’ the source said. ‘Climbing four miles takes time, and once the vehicle reached that altitude it would struggle to maintain a fixed or slow-moving position over the ship as the wind speed increased.’
Footage of a radar screen detecting a swarm over the USS Omaha in July 2019 shows nine drones moving up to 138 knots (more than 158 miles an hour) with winds of 31 knots.
‘Maintaining position under such conditions would increase the energy burn and greatly limit the time on target to just a few minutes, especially considering the quadcopter has to return to its point of origin. In addition, the reports mentioned the vehicle was illuminated, further increasing its power drain,’ the defense contractor added.
The military tech expert said top quadcopters have a maximum range of about seven miles, meaning their launch site would have to be near the warships.
‘The vessel would have been easily detected as well as the launch of the quadcopter,’ they said.
‘Considering these limitations, I don’t think the illuminated vehicle that hovered four miles above the ship for a prolonged period could have been a traditional quadcopter. They just don’t have the range or the staying power. It had to be a much more advanced aircraft.’
One briefing slide released by the Navy showed , the Bass Strait, sailed past the USS Paul Hamilton around the time of one of the drone swarm incidents.
The slide said the ship was ‘likely using UAVs to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces.’
However, other slides show the unexplained craft were hovering around the warships before the Bass Strait came close, and after it had docked in Long Beach.
Corbell told DailyMail.com he has ‘communicated with dozens of sailors, including one on board the USS Russell, who reports to have seen one of the objects accelerate instantaneously into the upper atmosphere and out of visual range.’
‘Reports I’ve obtained, interviews I’ve conducted and testimony I’ve documented on camera affirm that these were not positively identified as conventional drones,’ the film-maker said.
‘Some evidence suggests these units displayed unique flight properties and there were estimated to have been at least 100 of them conducting a coordinated series of maneuvers directed at our warships.’
Video showing an unidentified flying object splashing down into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego two years ago was corroborated by military radar which shows the USS Omaha being swarmed by aerial phenomena in July 2019. The image above shows nine unexplained objects – some of which were traveling at speeds in excess of 160mph
The video of the radar corroborates video filmed by sailors aboard the USS Omaha showing a strange spherical object splash down into the Pacific Ocean
Several of the UFOs disappeared from radar. At one point, there were as many as 14 UFOs observed on the radar
The USS Omaha is one of at least 10 US warships that were swarmed by unidentified flying objects during the same period in July 2019 says investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell
The number quoted by Corbell is far higher than suggested in the Navy briefing slides, which says on July 15, 2019 the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill encountered up to 11 ‘UAS’, and the destroyer USS Ralph Johnson tracked four on radar and reported sightings of 10 more.
Corbell says multiple warships were experiencing swarms of unidentified craft at the same time, accounting for the higher numbers.
A sighting by the Russell on July 30, 2019 detected five ‘unknown UAS’ according to a Navy description of the incident obtained by The Drive under FOIA.
Some officers involved in the incident say that even though the slides referred to the craft as drones, the reality was less clear.
An active service member directly involved with categorizing and reporting the 2019 events told DailyMail.com crewmen logged the craft as drones because they were responding quickly and didn’t have any other options that fit, but that the term ‘in hindsight was inaccurate’.
‘The drone categorization is due to a lack of data to categorize any other way,’ the source said.
‘Drone was one choice on a short list of options… A determination of drone in hindsight was inaccurate in that the observed craft was not positively identified as such.
‘The role of the front-line warfighter is to make a rapid assessment of threat/no threat based upon available data. The use of ‘drone’ conveys to the intelligence community an initial assessment within the word.
‘The further investigation is the responsibility of the intelligence and law enforcement apparatuses thereby adding to the historical assessments repository.’
Corbell claims he was shown a Navy intelligence briefing which included analysis of the craft spotted over the USS Russell on July 30, 2019 which he says described the objects as ‘pyramid in shape’.
A video he published, shot from the Russell, depicts a flashing triangular-looking object seen from below.
But skeptics say a triangular lens on a night vision scope would make any light in the sky look triangular under the right conditions.
More videos of craft swarming the USS Russell on July 30, 2019 released by the Navy to The Drive this week could lend further weight to the lens distortion theory.
In one video, a naval officer describes ‘one possible UAS… operating at a range of 4,000 yards, flashing red, green and white.’
But when the night vision camera zooms in on the hovering, triangular-looking object, a light nearby that appears to be part of the ship also appears to turn triangular, suggesting a lens distortion.
Corbell claims he was shown a Navy intelligence briefing which included analysis of a craft spotted over the USS Russell on July 30, 2019 which he says described the objects as ‘pyramid in shape’
The video was taken in July 2019 by naval officers using a night vision device
One video from July 15, 2019 that Corbell released shows an object filmed from a sixth warship, USS Omaha, using an infrared camera.
The video shows the object hovering above the ocean then dropping into the water. The Navy has stated the video is genuine.
Navy briefing slides published by Corbell say they were unsuccessful in a search for the object underwater.
The documentary-maker said he believes this is one piece of evidence that the craft could move through both air and water, a very advanced technology for a drone.
‘The conditioning that led to these labels do not reflect the unique characteristics that were reported to be observed, nor the visual documentation, such as the FLIR [infrared] footage from the USS Omaha where the object appears to go into the water without destruction,’ he said.
Corbell added that he is not sure what the craft were, but believes they represent an urgent national security issue and we need to find who was behind the swarm.
‘Because if we don’t, America and many other nations who have experienced the same kind of encounters around the world consistently and recently, are susceptible to attack by an unknown technologically advanced entity that can operate their craft in our restricted airspace with absolute impunity,’ he said.
‘Additionally, if we can’t answer that fundamental question to this day, we are seeing a multi-nation failure of intelligence on the scope and scale that dwarfs our mistakes made surrounding the events of 9/11.’