Go Back Report # 1030


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

Posted: 2/1/2007

Location: Azores (U.S.S. Monrovia),

Shape: Oval

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 search operation.

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 stern.

The object was an elongated ovoid in shape, luminescent orange in color, and appeared to have a translucent quality.

The USO matched several course and speed changes, and rendered compass, radar, and radio equipment inoperable.

As quickly as the object seemed to have appeared, it disappeared.

The length of the sighting was approximately 90 minutes and was witnessed by 11001 members of the crew and a contingent of US Marines.


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 Scorpion.

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.


Submerged 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.


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

Troop Accommodations 103 Officers, 1,352 Enlisted. This would put just about everyone on deck?


Azore Islands - Portugal

Azores Latitude 38-30-00N, Longitude 28-00-00W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://gnswww.nga.mil/geonames/GNS/index.jsp


See: http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/03/03031.htm

Note: She was decommissioned 31 October 1968


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