KEY POINTS

  • The US Navy admitted that it has classified files regarding the 2004 Nimitz UFO incident
  • The incident involved an encounter between a UFO and several Navy pilots
  • The Navy warned that disclosing top-secret files could affect national security

A representative of the U.S. Navy admitted that the agency has several top-secret files regarding a famous encounter between pilots and a UFO in 2004. According to the spokesperson, disclosing these files to the public could severely affect the national security of the country.

Dubbed as the Nimitz incident, the encountered in November 2004 and involved Navy pilots aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz. According to reports, fighter jets were deployed after the ship detected strange radar signals from a mysterious object in the sky. As the pilots carried out the operation, they encountered a Tic-Tac-shaped UFO flying erratically.

Although various reports from the media and eyewitnesses have already covered various details from the incident, it seems the U.S. Navy is still keeping a huge chunk of information from the public. This was confirmed after researcher Christian Lambright filed a Freedom of Information Act request to ask the agency to disclose valuable information regarding the Nimitz incident, Vice reported.

In response to the request, a spokesperson from the Navy’s Naval Intelligence (ONI) confirmed that the agency has several top-secret files as well as a confidential video regarding the UFO encounter.

Due to the nature of the documents and the video, ONI stated that they cannot be released to the public due to the possible repercussions it will have on the country’s national security.

“[We] discovered certain briefing slides that are classified TOP SECRET,” the ONI spokesperson said in a statement. “A review of these materials indicates that are currently and appropriate Marked and Classified TOP SECRET under Executive Order 13526, and the Original Classification Authority has determined that the release of these materials would cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States.”

Susan Gough, A spokesperson from Pentagon, confirmed that both the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense are keeping the top-secret video. Although the Gough did not discuss the possible content of the video, she said it was taken on Nov. 14, 2004.

It is not yet clear if this controversial video is part of the data recordings that were suddenly confiscated by unidentified individuals who boarded the U.S.S. Nimitz following the encounter with the UFO.

ufo A photograph of a screen shows infra-red video of taken from a Mexican Air Force patrol aircraft of 7 bright objects flying over the eastern coastal state of Campeche on March 25, 2004. Photo: REUTERS