Go Back Report # 1080


U.S.S. Curtiss Carrying Nuclear Weapons Buzzed by UFO
April 7, 1954


Francis Ridge:

In 1998 I established the Nuclear Connection Project and this was one of over 200 incidents we discovered. It had been investigated by Robert Hastings and Dan Wilson. Many historical documents were located and some of the witnesses have been interrogated. Larry Hatch (NCP - Nuclear Connection Project member) provided the printout:

#057 DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY docm# DNA 6035F: Castle Series

Nuclear Weapons Tests. pp. 64+274+341 c/o Daniel Wilson,

15 Parkview Dr., Painesville, OH 44077          

In this incident an unidentified, luminous object passed low and fast over the ship from bow to stern. The Curtiss (see photo above), was not an aircraft carrier but an airplane tender ship (AV-4) refurbished for carrying components for nuclear weapons for the upcoming tests at Operation Castle at Eniwetok Atoll. There were six shots. The crews of the Bairoko, Estes, PC 1546, Phillip, and other ships at Operation Castle were caught in the heavy fallout of the runaway thermonuclear detonation of Bravo. These once secret documents prove an exposure to radiation far in excess of that allowed for other JTF 7 personnel.  

From Table 60, operational activities during the CASTLE test series, CASTLE SERIES, DNA 6035F, 1 April 1982, page 341 is from the logbook of the USS CURTISS, Shot KOON 7 Apr 1954.      

"Steamed independently in operating area BG 28-36-1."       

"At 1138 anchored berth N-6, Bikini; at 1948 left berth en route to Eniwetok; at 2305 an unidentified, luminous object passed over ship from bow to stern, yellowish-orange in color, traveling at a high rate of speed and a low altitude."

Captain Edward Ruppelt:

Some people in the Pentagon had the idea that there were beings, earthly or otherwise, who might be interested in our activities in the Pacific, as they seemed to be in Operation Mainbrace. Consequently, Project Blue Book had been directed to get transportation to the test area to set up a reporting net, brief people on how to report, and analyze their reports on the spot.           

Francis Ridge:

If that's not enough, there is even more reason to believe that the U.S. Government knew that UFOs might appear at Operation Castle in the spring of 1954. One 1004-page document attests to this on pages 555 and 556. From Ref. 1 below (See URL in “This reference-CF-), CIRVIS [Communication Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings] reporting and JANAP 146 are mentioned. These are also mentioned in another document on Page 59 of 65 under Paragraph 3, Simulated Combat Training, in Ref. 2 below (See URL in “This reference-CF-), and includes mention of AF Letter 200-5. Copies of those regulations are on the NICAP site: AF Letter 200-5 and JANAP 146.


This reference: http://www.nicap.org/docs/castle/castdir.htm  NICAP Website.        

UFOCAT PRN – 20262 [Regarding the nuclear tests only-CF-]

UFOCAT URN – 20262 Nuclear Explosions 1945-1972: Basic Data by Iwo Zander, © 1973    

Location – Pacific Ocean somewhere near the Marshall Islands.

Marshall Islands           Latitude 09-00=00 N, Longitude 168-00-00 E (D-M-S)

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

UFOCAT Location     
Latitude 11.48 N, Longitude 165.367 E (D.%)


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