Thanks to: http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/03/03031.htm
Attack Transport (APA-31), Monrovia
National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred: 5/23/1968 21:00 (Entered as : 05/23/68 21:00)
Reported: 1/22/2007 10:23:27 PM 22:23
Location: Azores (U.S.S. Monrovia),
Duration: 90 min
USO sighting near Azores following USS Scorpion sinking
This [is] to possibly
confirm a report of the UFO/USO sighting of 05/??/68 in the vicinity of the
Azores following the reported sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion and subsequent
I was aboard the U.S.S Monrovia APA-31, which was in
route to Norfolk, Va., from a six month deployment in the Mediterranean. At
approximately 9 PM a
large submerged object was sighted on the starboard side, just aft of the
The object was an
elongated ovoid in shape, luminescent orange in color, and appeared to have a
The USO matched several
course and speed changes, and rendered compass, radar, and radio equipment
As quickly as the object seemed to have appeared, it
The length of the sighting was approximately 90 minutes
and was witnessed by 11001 members of the crew and
a contingent of US Marines.
((NOTE FROM VISITOR TO THE NUFORC SITE))
I was on board the USS Zellars DD777 and my ship departed April 4th 1968. My
ship arrived in the Med. sea before the Sub USS Scorpion exploded and sank.
The USS Monrovia was side tracked and participated in the search for the
There is still a lot of secrecy of how the sub sank.
Maybe connected to the object that Monrovia crew members saw?
I thought this might be of some interest. Many things
can be seen on the open sea.
GREAT SITE YOU HAVE. [Referring
to the National UFO Reporting Center]
((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to the source
for his comment above, and for the kind words about our work. PD))
This reference: National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) http://www.ufocenter.com/ with thanks to
Peter Davenport, director.
Object: In May 1968,
the witness was aboard the USS Monrovia (APA31) and saw a large submerged
luminescent object. It was nearby on the starboard side and clearly
unidentified. It was approximately 50 yards in length and 30 yards at the
widest point. It was an elongated ovoid shape. The color was a luminescent
orange and was intermittently semi-transparent. He saw possible movement
inside the object. It matched their course and speed for about 90 minutes
during which time radio communication and radar would not function. He
estimates that there were around 600 witnesses.
Source: MUFON CMS
This reference: Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) http://mufon.com
, from its CMS database.
Note 1 regarding the number of witnesses: Complement 55 Officers, 500 Enlisted
103 Officers, 1,352 Enlisted. This
would put just about everyone on deck?
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
Azore Islands - Portugal
38-30-00N, Longitude 28-00-00W (D-M-S)
Note: She was decommissioned 31 October 1968