last week War zone Reported an important update to an ongoing investigation into a strange series of drone swarm incidents that occurred near a U.S. Navy vessel off Southern California in 2019. The new release of the document under the Information Disclosure Act provided the highest level of detail to date What happened during the incident? The document I received last week refers to the video files contained in the briefs, five of which were obtained from the Navy today.
Readers unfamiliar with the case should read our long part here. It provides many additional details and context about the event.
Two of the videos were taken from USS Russell, A destroyer that was of particular interest due to the leaked video of the incident released last year. The unusual appearance of the objects in the video has led to widespread speculation that they are “flying pyramids” UFOs due to their triangular shape. “The triangular appearance is the result of light passing through night-vision goggles recorded by a single-lens reflex camera,” said Scott Bray, deputy director of the Navy Intelligence Agency, at a recent parliamentary hearing on an unidentified aerial phenomenon. Did. A similar assessment was swiftly made by an independent private researcher when the video was leaked in 2021. Bray’s testimony and further documentation reveal that these objects are drones, but it’s unclear who was manipulating them.
In the first video shot in the July 17th incident, you can hear the voice of a sailor explaining the location of the ship. The sailor identifies himself as the SNOOPIE team leader. SNOOPIE refers to the ship voyage or other photo interpretation and exploitation team. These teams consist of seafarers trained to carry out onboard photo intelligence to record unknown contacts and events of interest. The sailors hear saying, “There are four unidentified drones, the course is unknown, the speed is unknown. The contacts operate and hold within 1,000 yards. The tail number is unknown.” can do.
In my last interview, I released this briefing slide with details of the incident.Please note USS Russell Also referred to by hull number DDG-59 and the abbreviation RSL.
The second video was taken from USS Russell July 30th. The SNOOPIE team leader talks about time and place again. He identifies the object as “one possible UAS”. “Contacts are operating in a range of 4000 yards, and you can see flashing lights of red, green, and white,” he said.
That day, the second video USS Paul Hamilton.. In the following video, “There are multiple UASs nearby. Paul Hamilton, CPA at an altitude of 100 feet from the bow. The acronym CPA stands for “closest approach point.”
Two additional videos have been released, but they are much less clear. The first of these videos is USS Paul Hamilton Shows the image with Bass strait, Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier.Documents from our previous update by the Navy Bass strait “It is likely that UAVs are being used to monitor the US Navy.”
Finally, obscure and low resolution video from USS Ralph Johnson Shows what looks like FLIR footage for one distant object. The narration states that the object reached within 4 nautical miles of the ship with the closest approach and “the interaction up to this point was safe and professional.”
These videos provide a very limited and controlled view of what happened during these incidents. As this is an unclassified product, it may not contain all the information collected by the Navy. Indeed, the naval vessels involved host some of the most advanced sensors on the planet, including radar, GPS monitoring, sonar, and electro-optic / infrared types. These sensors can record multiple types of high fidelity data. running.
These videos do not necessarily answer all the questions surrounding these cases, but they are additional pieces of the puzzle. Perhaps the most important aspect of the release is that the Navy has become more and more open about these incidents through the process of disclosure law in recent months and is very much inquiring about the videos referenced in previous series of documents. It was a quick response to. We will update the story for more details.