- NAVY SUBMARINE UFO ENCOUNTER
- A sailor reports about the UFO sighting
he had while in the Navy. "I was assigned to USS Memphis (SSN-698),
homeport Titusville, FL. (Cape Canaveral.) Our mission was Special Assignments
which meant we protected the Space Program. We would go to sea and patrol
while the shuttle was on the pad. Nine years ago, on October 24 and 25,
my ship was on patrol about 150 miles of the Florida coast. We were cruising
at about 500 feet when the submarine started experiencing electronics problems.
The ship was malfunctioning, our tanks were blowing out of control, we
were losing navigation ability and the communications area was totally
lost. We went to all stop and tried to access what was happening. The controls
in the reactor area started to malfunction. This presented a serious danger
to our safety, so the captain ordered us to shut down the reactor, surface
and go to diesel motors. When the ship surfaced I went to my watch station.
The ship was still experiencing electronic difficulties but the mechanical
devices such as diesel engines, cook stoves, and turbines were fine. It
was raining and the entire sky was red like a red neon sign. I saw a large
inverted V-shaped UFO off the port side. The executive officer told me
to stand fast and he would speak to the captain. In a minute, the captain
appeared on the tower and asked me for a distance to the craft. The laser
range finder determined the closest point was 200 meters and the farthest
point was 1,000 meters off the port. The UFO was not perpendicular to our
ship but at about a 45' angle. This huge vessel was over a half mile across.
The UFO made a half circle around our ship then passed across the stern
causing our electronics systems to go crazy. We had permanent damage in
communications and the sonar room. As the craft flew over the stern, I
could see the rain stop under its red glow. The water seemed to rise almost
a foot as the UFO passed over silently. When the UFO finished its swing
across the stern it paused - the sky got brighter red and it simply moved
off at tremendous speed inside 15 seconds. When the UFO left our boat returned
to normal with the exception of the radio and sonar. We did a quick system
check and the captain ordered us to return to reactor power and get underway.
- The captain took two petty officers,
the executive officer, and myself into the wardroom. He told us to not
spread any rumors until we had a chance to talk to Commander Submarine
Fleet - Atlantic. We reached port in about 7 hours where I was taken into
"protective custody." Two enlisted men and myself agreed we had
witnessed a real UFO. I was the one who shot it with a laser range finder
so I was the only one that had its exact sizes. I shot that vessel as it
hovered and I got solid readings not spotty like I would on debris. We
were in holding for about three hours when an officer from the Air Force
arrived and gave us a line of bull about an exploding weather satellite.
The Navy then transferred virtually everyone on the crew to new assignments.
This included the her captain, the executive officer and the entire crew.
They were split up which almost never happens unless one of them gets a
promotion or a new command, neither of which happened. The military just
split up a 4 year team. I was watching a program tonight that gave me the
courage to share it. Editors Note: When a crew reports they have a serious
UFO encounter, the standard procedure is to transfer the individuals to
new assignments. This procedure costs millions since it may take a year
to get a crew into fighting shape. I wonder what is so sinister about these
- UFOs And The Defense Of The
- The military is losing many of its top
personnel including difficult to replace pilots and scientists. This is
due to the robust economy, reduction in retirement benefits, heavy overseas
commitments and the lack of a clear threat to our nation from other countries.
Our military is being reduced and weakened at an alarming rate. Yet, the
threat from UFOs in our skies appears to be growing. General Douglas Mac
Arthur warned in the NY Times 10/8/55 that, "all the countries on
earth will have to unite to survive and to make a common front against
attack by people from other planets. It has been the government's policy
to ignore this possible threat. During the 50s military budgets were increased
to fight communism and to a lessor extent to uncover the identity of UFOs
in our skies. Anything unknown can cause public fear and cause Congress
to loosen their purse strings. Our radar and satellites continue to track
UFOs. Pilots complain of near misses, while hundreds complain of abductions
and cattle mutilations. The craft are seen on a regular basis by honest
people from all over the world. A few informed people such as Admiral Lord
Hill Norton, former President Gerald Ford, the late Colonel Corso and several
astronauts have spoken about the possible threat. We encourage Congress
to increase government spending on scientific research into the UFO threat.
A strong US military has avoided war and saved the lives of our citizens.
A weakened military is less able to protect its citizens from terrorism
and a feasible alien threat. Temple University Professor, Dr. David Jacob's
book, "The Threat" claims the aliens are preparing for a take
over by building their resources here on Earth. Recently former JCS Commander
John Shalikashvili said, "He could sleep nights because he personally
was not afraid of an alien abduction." I know many citizens who are
not so lucky. I certainly admit it is also possible that UFOs are a misunderstood
natural phenomenon, or black aircraft, but why refuse to research the phenomenon.
I encourage the reader to become an informed citizen on how your congressional
representative feels about this issue, and to support those who will vote
for scientific research in the field.