Scientist Claims USS Nimitz UFO Might Have Been Looking For Something Underwater
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If none of this means anything to you, a little explanation. Basically, the encounter took place way back in 2004, but only came to light in 2017 following a New York Times report which revealed the US government had a special programme designated to tracking UFOs.
A video showed the UFO - which is formally known as a Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) and looks a bit like a Tic-Tac - appearing to fly in front of camera.
Now, Kevin H. Knuth - a former NASA research scientist - has offered a theory as to what was going on, based on the description of witness and Navy Chief Petty Officer Kevin Day. The new hypothesis is based on the fact Day saw a mysterious submerged object in the water during the UAP sighting.
According to the Daily Star, Knuth writes in his research paper 'Estimating Flight Characteristics of Anomalous Unidentified Aerial Vehicles': "The thought was triggered by Kevin Day's description of the UAPs as acting as if they were migrating.
"They also seemed to act like they were looking for something by slowly tracking south at 100 knots or so at 28,000ft altitude. The Tic-Tac UAP was then observed to be hovering with erratic motion over the churning water.
"An encounter with the Tic-Tac UAP ensued. After the encounter the submerged object was no longer present.
"Clearly, the UAP was interested in the submerged object."
Mr Knuth continued: "It is possible that this object and others like it are the reason that the UAPs were in the area.
"Day reported that the UAPs appeared to be avoiding the Nimitz Carrier Group and its aircraft, which is very different from the encounters on the East Coast involving the Roosevelt Carrier Group in which case the UAPs seemed to be seeking out encounters."
But what exactly might this Unidentified Underwater Object (UUO) have been? Perhaps it was an intergalactic submarine or an informant minke whale delivering intel to alien forces?
I guess we may never know.
The aforementioned New York Times report indicated that the US Department of Defense had an Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) dedicated to investigating reports from military and commercial pilots of of unexplained aerial phenomena.
The secret investigatory program had a budget of more than $20 million (£15 million) a year, but was closed in 2012.