Navy confirms that three spectacular videos appearing to show UFOs are GENUINE- but admit they were not supposed to be released to the public

  • Footage showing 'unexplained aerial phenomena' was first published by The New York Times in late 2017
  • The clips, recorded by the Department of Defense in 2004 and 2015 respectively, sparked a barrage of new conspiracy theories about alien life
  • On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that the videos were authentic, but admitted they were not supposed to be released to the public 
  • President Trump revealed earlier in June he'd been briefed on the recent rise in in pilots reporting unidentified aircraft
  • While discussing the reports with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Trump said he didn't 'particularly' believe that the sightings were alien

The Navy says spectacular footage released in 2017 that appears to show 'unexplained aerial phenomena' is authentic, but that the footage was never meant to be made public.

The clips were first published by The New York Times in December of that year and were recorded by Department of Defense officials on two separate occasions. 

One clip was recorded near San Diego, California back in 2004, while a second video was captured off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida in 2015. 

Several months after those videos were published, To The Stars Academy released an additional video from the 2015 incident, which features a navy pilot remarking: 'What the f**k is that thing?' 

On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed the authenticity of the videos for the first time. 

'The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,' Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told The Black Vault.  

The Navy says spectacular footage released in 2017 that shows 'unexplained aerial phenomena' is authentic. This footage was captured by Navy Pilots off the coast of Florida in 2015

The Navy says spectacular footage released in 2017 that shows 'unexplained aerial phenomena' is authentic. This footage was captured by Navy Pilots off the coast of Florida in 2015  

'The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,' Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told The Black Vault

'The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,' Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told The Black Vault

'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 prefers to call the objects seen in the videos 'unexplained aerial phenomena' (UAP), as opposed to the more commonly-used 'unidentified flying object' (UFO).  

Though the videos are unclassified, they were never cleared for release, according The Black Vault. 

Back in June, US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots.

One of those senators was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: 'If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that's a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of,' Politico reported.   

The briefing was delivered by the Navy and included staff from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, it was also reported. 

It is understood that such briefings have been on the rise since it was revealed that the Pentagon's secretive Aerospace Threat Identification Program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft. 

The Navy prefers to call the objects seen in the videos 'unexplained aerial phenomena' (UAP), as opposed to the more common 'unidentified flying object' (UFO)

 The Navy prefers to call the objects seen in the videos 'unexplained aerial phenomena' (UAP), as opposed to the more common 'unidentified flying object' (UFO)

One of the senators briefed was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: 'If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that's a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of'

One of the senators briefed was Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose spokesperson said: 'If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that's a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of'

Members of Congress and their staffers of the Armed Service and Defense Appropriations committees were also briefed, with more meetings expected to follow. 

Ed Booth, an aviation expert for News4Jax, studied the 2015 footage and said Navy pilots are highly trained to report these sightings.

'What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen,' Booth said. 'It's very interesting. It's certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.' 

President Trump, while discussing the UFO reports with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on June 16 said he had been briefed on the recent rise in U.S. Navy pilots reporting unidentified aircraft. 

Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos (right) back in June that he has been briefed on UFO sightings, but is not particularly convinced that they are alien

Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos (right) back in June that he has been briefed on UFO sightings, but is not particularly convinced that they are alien

Stephanopoulos pressed the president, asking what Trump made of it. 

'I think it's probably - I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I've seen, and I've read, and I've heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they're seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly,' he said.  

Asked if he thought he would know if extraterrestrial life had been confirmed, president replied, 'Well, I think my great pilots would know. Our great pilots would know.'

'I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they're seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly,' Trump said

'I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they're seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly,' Trump said

Navy confirms that three spectacular videos appearing to show UFOs ARE genuine

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