United States Navy
The United States Navy, established in 1775, is a key branch of the U.S. Armed Forces with a rich history spanning from the American Revolutionary War to present day. Over the years, the Navy has played critical roles in numerous conflicts, evolving technologically and strategically to become one of the world's most powerful naval forces.
Although the U.S. Air Force became the sole organization tasked with investigating "flying disk", "flying saucer" or UFOs, the U.S. Navy has a long and storied relationship with UFOs.
World War II "Foo Fighters"During World War II, Allied pilots, including U.S. Navy pilots, saw unexplained aerial phenomena on combat missions, which were later dubbed "foo fighters". These mysterious, glowing objects were often seen flying alongside aircraft at high speeds, sparking speculation about their origin and purpose, ranging from enemy technology to unidentified natural phenomena.
Early Radar Sightings
Radar operators and pilots from the U.S. Navy have reported unidentified objects flying at high speeds and performing unusual maneuvers since the early 1950s. 1952 saw a huge spike in UFO reports, including several key reports from UFOs tracked on radar and seen by eyewitnesses over U.S military bases.
Unidentified Submerged Objects (USO)
There have been unidentified underwater objects tracked on sonar by U.S. Navy ships and submarine vessels. Some of these objects have allegedly been tracked going impossible speeds, effortless traveling through water.
In recent years, the United States Navy has appeared to be more open and transparent about UFOs or UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) than the United States Air Force. The U.S. Navy's acknowledgement of UAP encounters, such as the 2004 "Tic Tac" incident and the 2014-2015 East Coast encounters near the USS Theodore Roosevelt, generated significant public interest. The U.S. Navy has also updated its guidelines for reporting UFO encounters, encouraging pilots and other personnel to come forward with their sightings without fear of stigma or repercussions. This move has been seen as an effort to destigmatize the topic and collect more accurate information on these phenomena.