The Navy USS Kearsarge was chased by ‘two car-sized balls of light’ during an unexplained encounter last year, according to a UFO researcher and consultant.
According to Beaty’s research, two objects were seen near the ship for several nights, with Marines onboard becoming shocked when the Navy’s anti-drone ‘ghostbusters’ did not deter the balls of light.
The object was 200ft above the ocean and followed the ship for half a mile, a retired US Marine officer who wished to remain anonymous told Beaty.
Beaty is the director of the 2019 documentary The Nimitz Encounters, which dives into the the famous 2004 UFO encounter by the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
The Nimitz sightings were first leaked online in 2007. The New York Times then confirmed in 2019 that at least six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrument contact with the tic-tac shaped UFO on November 14, 2004.
The recent encounters, which Beaty said he only has compiled preliminary information on, will likely spark new interest in unexplained encounters by the US Navy.
Last summer, a milestone report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed dozens of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), following recognitions by state officials that have helped destigmatize conversation around the phenomena.
‘Anything that would expose a military weakness or military capability of course is sensitive, but if these objects turn out to be not man-made and not foreign state actors, we need to be open and address these with academic study, empirical methods, and grant funding to conduct research at the university level,’ Beaty told The Sun.
The Navy USS Kearsarge was chased by ‘two car-sized balls of light’ during an unexplained encounter last year, according to a UFO researcher and consultant
The USS Kearsarge had been preparing for an overseas deployment before the sighting in October 2021.
Marines had been training with anti-drone weapons to target potential enemies.
When they saw the ‘two car-sized balls of light,’ they initially thought it was a training exercise, but quickly realized that the anti-drone weapons did not work on the objects.
UFO researcher and consultant said a retired Marine official told him the ship was followed for half a mile and 200ft above the ocean for several nights in October 2021
The vessel was also informed by the command that they didn’t know what the objects were, and they were not ‘ours.’
Beaty received the tip from two senior military officers from the Air Force and the Marine Corps, he wrote on his blog.
He said more military officials are coming forward with their accounts of UFO sightings, despite fears of career retaliation from superiors.
‘So what once were UAP sightings that were ignored or never logged, today more service members are reporting them, this leads to the indications that more are being observed,’ Beaty told The Sun.
‘In the past, it was much worse. Officers would actively avoid reporting or speaking about cases of UAP, as the fear of career suicide was very real.’
‘Also landing a job with a commercial airline after the military was a concern. Not wanting to report or speak about UAP encounters was a given,’ Beaty added. ‘Today it’s a bit more relaxed since the UAP Task Force is actively seeking UAP reports and frowning on any stigmatization within the units.’
In recent years, numerous UFOs sightings by the US Navy have been reported.
A declassified Pentagon report on a spate of UFO sightings by members of the US military last year offered no explanation for their origin – and failed to rule out the possibility of aliens.
The report, submitted to Congress and released to the public, said defense and intelligence analysts lack sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects.
Those objects were observed by military pilots, with experts considering whether they are advanced earthly technologies, atmospherics or of an extraterrestrial nature.
The report encompasses 144 observations of what the government officially refers to as ‘unidentified aerial phenomenon,’ or UAP, dating back to 2004. The report was issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in conjunction with a U.S. Navy-led UAP task force.
The grainy image was released by the Navy and showed what appears to be three small dots, representing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), hovering near the USS Paul Hamilton. It was one of the many occurrences Naval ships saw over the course of weeks, as many destroyers spotted these contraptions in July 2019.
An infrared image showed the three UAS off of the USS Paul Hamilton on July 17th, 2019. A ‘swarm’ of them hovered near the ship for several hours, in just one of the many occurrences Naval ships saw over the course of weeks
USS destroyers on patrol in July 2019 were suddenly swarmed by flashing, tic-toc shaped drones, which were able to travel long distance at high speeds
The USS Paul Hamilton (pictured) reported a ‘swarm’ of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) hovering near the ship on July 17th, in a series of several occurrence across many ships off the coast of California throughout the month of July 2019
These three UAS appeared near the ship around 8pm on July 17 shortly after the USS Paul Hamilton cut location broadcasting via the Automatic Identification System (AIS). Ships are not required to broadcast their location 24/7 and usually disable the transponder in situations that call for heightened security.
This decision was not reflected on the ship’s deck log, but earlier in the month, logs indicate that other ships in the area also turned of AIS during UAS activity.
Additionally, the USS Paul Hamilton’s log did indicate that the UAS appeared shortly after it had turned its navigation lights on.
Shortly before 8pm, one UAS was spotted one nautical mile away. Twenty minutes later, the timeline indicates that two more were seen, with one falling into the water, The Drive reported after viewing documents it received through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The ship reported seeing red, flashing lights.
Roughly 30 minutes later, the USS Paul Hamilton reported a ‘UAS swarm’ and by 9:11 p.m., one UAS was directly above at 2,000 feet. By 9:15, the UAS moved away from the ship at almost 70mph before returning less than 10 minutes later.
The USS Hamilton reported that the ‘swarm’ lasted almost three hours from 7:56 p.m. to 10:39 p.m.
Confirmed Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
Unidentified round object flies above Navy warships off the coast of California and then disappears into the Pacific Ocean in 2019 (leaked May 2021)
The USS Omaha filmed a round object making a controlled flight above the water for an extended period of time before it finally entered the ocean. Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell shared the footage with Mystery Wire in May 2021.
Still images from that video were first released in April 2021 as the Pentagon confirmed that a set of photos and videos showing unidentified flying objects buzzing over Navy warships off the coast of California in 2019 ‘were taken’ by branch personnel.
Staff could be heard exclaiming excitedly as the object made a controlled, gradual descent into the Pacific Ocean, before disappearing with a splash.
No explanation for the spherical object has been given…
The Independence Class littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) transits the Pacific Ocean
One of the images appears to be a pyramid-shaped object while others were thought to be drones or balloons; however, the Navy has listed them as unknowns.
In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson told Mystery Wire: ‘I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel. The UAPTF has included these incidents in their ongoing examinations.’
The confirmation came a week after Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, admitted that he has no idea where the swarm of mysterious Tic Tac-shaped drones that menaced four US destroyers in July 2019 originated.
Gilday led an investigation into the incident in which a group of what some have called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) chased the destroyers for up to 100 nautical miles off the coast of California.
F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 returned to their home base at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach
Flight logs revealed as many as six mystery aircraft swarmed the warships close to a sensitive training area at the Channel Islands at speeds of up to 40mph and with a greater maneuverability than US military drones.
When asked directly if the Navy had confirmed the identity of the drones at a media event, Gilday responded: ‘No, we have not.’
The Drive revealed in February 2021 that US Navy warships stationed off the coast of Los Angeles had encountered swarms of mysterious drones, which pursued them at high speed in low visibility.
The outlet obtained ship logbooks and internal emails from the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act, and eyewitness descriptions from the staff on board, to establish the UAVs had a far greater aeronautical capability than any previously known drones.
Former US Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves sees ‘maneuverable’ spherical objects flying in restricted airspace near Virginia Beach almost everyday from 2015 to 2017 (leaked May 2019)
Graves’ F/A-18 fighter squadron spotted the ‘maneuverable’ spherical objects flying in restricted airspace near Virginia Beach almost every day from 2015 to 2017, he said.
‘I am worried, frankly. You know, if these were tactical jets from another country that were hanging out up there, it would be a massive issue,’ Graves told 60 Minutes.
‘But because it looks slightly different, we’re not willing to actually look at the problem in the face. We’re happy to just ignore the fact that these are out there, watching us every day.’
He said pilots for the U.S. Navy saw UFOs off the coast of Virginia so frequently they got used to them despite them ‘watching us’ every day
Graves’ F/A-18 fighter squadron spotted the ‘maneuverable’ objects flying in restricted airspace near Virginia Beach almost every day from 2015 to 2017
He said that pilots who have witnessed what the government calls ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ have speculated that they might be anything from a secret U.S. technology to an enemy spy plane.
Graves also conceded the aircraft could be something else entirely.
‘This is a difficult one to explain. You have rotation, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, right? I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, frankly,’ Graves told 60 Minutes while viewing one of the unclassified videos.
‘I would say, you know, the highest probability is it’s a threat observation program.’
A color image shows one of the unidentified aerial phenomena. Their technical capabilities far exceed that of any known aircraft, sparking fears for US national security
Pilots have speculated that they might be anything from a secret U.S. technology to an enemy spy plane
The outlet noted that Graves did not rule out the possibility they could be some sort of Russian or Chinese technology.
Luis Elizondo, a former official with the Defense Department, told 60 Minutes that the UAPs appear to have ‘far superior’ technology to anything the United States currently has in its known inventory.
‘Imagine a technology that can do 600 to 700 G-forces, that can fly 13,000 miles an hour, that, that can evade radar and can fly through air and water and possibly space,’ Elizondo said.
‘And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. That’s precisely what we’re seeing.’
Pyramid shaped objects hovering above the USS Russell, July 2019 (footage leaked April 2021)
Footage filmed around the same time as the spherical ball sighting – but released two months earlier – showed multiple pyramid-shaped objects hovering around 700 feet above the USS Russell Navy Destroyer.
It is also believed to have been filmed off the southern California coast, although it is unclear why Mystery Wire leaked this sighting before the sphere.
The April 2021 photos were leaked from a Pentagon investigation of UFOs by the UAP Task Force, which gathered evidence for a report for Congress.
The image show unidentified objects flying above four US destroyers, including the USS Kidd Navy destroyer.
The outlet had also previously released video reportedly taken in July 2019 by naval officers using a night vision device, which showed pyramid shaped objects hovering 700 feet above a Navy destroyer
Mystery Wire says the triangular objects are part of the same incident as the spherical object diving into the sea
The video was taken in July 2019 by naval officers using a night vision device
Tic-tac shaped UFO mirrors movements made by Super Hornet pilots and then vanishes on November 14, 2004 (first leaked online in 2007, confirmed by The New York Times in 2019)
At least six Super Hornet pilots made visual or instrument contact with the tic-tac shaped UFO on November 14, 2004.
Two of the pilots – Cmdr. Dave Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich – approached the flying tic-tac.
Fravor told Dietrich to hang back and be his wingman while he flew closer in to check it out. The object began mirroring his movements and then just disappeared, The Washington Post reported.
The encounters, which are documented in numerous interviews with first-hand witnesses, remain a mystery, and the object’s incredible speed and movements have led to speculation that it was extraterrestrial in origin.
The original FLIR video from the USS Nimitz encounters leaked online as early as 2007, and have been credited with sparking subsequent leaks about military sightings – as well as fevered interest from UFOlogists.
Witnesses say that clips of the video had been circulated widely on the Navy’s intranet – used to communicate between ships in the carrier group – and an unknown sailor in the group likely first leaked it.
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea in formation during a Strait of Hormuz transit on September 18, 2020
Navy Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight had been flying about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego (pictured) in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets (pictured) when they encountered an unidentified flying object described as a ‘Tic Tac’
The USS Nimitz, a US Navy aircraft carrier, was at the center of a bizarre UFO sighting saga in 2004.
The clip became one of the most-touted pieces of evidence in the UFO community when the Pentagon confirmed its authenticity in 2017.
In January of that year, Chad Underwood, the former Navy aviator who shot the famous leaked video clip, broke his silence in an interview with New York Magazine.
He said the oblong, wingless ‘Tic Tac’ shaped object was spotted off the coast of Mexico over the Pacific.
He also revealed that for about two weeks, the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton, part of Carrier Strike Group 11, had been tracking mysterious aircraft intermittently on an advanced AN/SPY-1B passive radar.
The radar contacts were so inexplicable that the system was even shut down and restarted to to check for bugs – but operators continued to track the unknown aircraft.
Then on November 14, 2004, Commander David Fravor says he was flying in an F/A-18F Super Hornet when he made visual contact with the object, which seemed to dive below the water, resurface, and speed out of sight when he tried to approach it.
As Fravor landed on the deck of the Nimitz, Underwood was just gearing up to take off on his own training run.
Fravor told Underwood about the bizarre encounter, and urged Underwood to keep his eyes open.
He recalls how he suddenly saw a blip on his radar before tracking it on his FLIR camera.
‘The thing that stood out to me the most was how erratic it was behaving,’ Underwood told the magazine.
‘And what I mean by ‘erratic’ is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets.’
Underwood said the object wasn’t obeying the laws of physics and dropped from 50,000 feet altitude to 100 feet in seconds, which he says, ‘isn’t possible’. He added that he saw no signs of an engine heat plume or any sign of propulsion.
The pilot refuses to speculate as to whether the object is an alien spacecraft or not, however.
‘That’s not my job. But I saw something. And it was also seen, via eyeballs, by both my commanding officer, Dave Fravor, and the Marine Corps Hornet squadron commanding officer who was out there as well.’