U.S. Navy Official Confirms UFO Videos Released In 2017, 2018 Are Genuine


(Note: Greenewald published his article on September 11. In the last 48 hours, most major media outlets have covered his story including Fox News.)

According to The Black Vault’s John Greenewald, the spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, Joseph Gradisher, admitted that the videos referred to as the ”FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” were, in fact, “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAPs. The “FLIR1” and “Gimbal” videos were released by the New York Times and The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) in December 2017. The third video, “GoFast” was released in 2018.


Greenewald explains that the Navy uses the UAP as opposed to UFO because it is the “basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.”

Moreover, the Navy refers to these videos by the dates they were taken. “[The] dates are 14 November 2004 for ‘FLIR1’ and 21 January 2015 for both “Gimbal” and “GoFast.”

Gradisher said:

The Navy has not publicly released characterizations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.

The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those 3 videos as unidentified.

The “FLIR1” video was taken off the coast of San Diego. The ‘Gimbal’ and ‘GoFast’ videos were taken off the coast of Virginia during what looks to be the same event.

The “FLIR1” video became known as the “Tic-Tac Incident” and a film entitled the “Nimitz Encounters” was made about it. The producer of this movie, Dave Beaty, a UFO enthusiast, said that knowing the exact dates of these sightings helps determine the location of their occurrence. He told Greenewald:


The fact that we now know the dates of the ‘Gimbal’ and ‘GoFast’ videos helps put one more piece of the puzzle together. The deck logs from the USS Normandy, the cruiser in the USS Roosevelt Strike Group, shows she was in a specific location off the coast of Florida and Georgia. Specifically, a little more than 100 miles east, equidistant between Jacksonville and Savannah. This is the JAX OPAREA. The cruiser stays with the carrier at all times during operations. So now we not only know the date, but the estimated position of the UAP.

Gradisher refused to provide further information to Greenewald.

Greenewald writes:

Although many theories have been proposed on what these UAP encounters are, some believe they may simply be a biproduct of U.S. military training exercises utilizing classified drone or related technology. Unbeknownst to the pilots involved, these classified instruments are utilized in their field of view, captured on infrared cameras, and certain members of the military may not be ‘read in’ to what classified technology they may be witnessing. Although that seems like a plausible explanation for these encounters, these new statements by the Navy labeling the cases as “unidentified aerial phenomena” are making some second guess that theory.


In December 2017, Fox News reported that “the Pentagon had secretly set up a program to investigate UFOs at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, (D-NV).”

In a June 2019 interview with a Nevada radio station, Reid, expressed his desire for lawmakers to hold public hearings into what the military knows. He said, “They would be surprised how the American public would accept it. People from their individual states would accept it.”

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