SM~FF-??-1965 U.S.S. Albany CG-10
Late summer to early fall 1965
With thanks to: http://www.ussalbany.com/new_page_7.htm
This website has many photos and the history of the ship.
National UFO Reporting Center
Occurred : 9/1/1965
00:00 (Entered as : 09/01/65 0:00)
10:49:58 PM 22:49
(aboard USS Albany)
Radar Siting (sic – sighting) of UFOs off Azores from aboard
USS Albany GC10 (sic - CG-10) in early fall 1965
Submitted by a friend on behalf of ((initials deleted)).
UFO sighting aboard USS Albany CG10, United States Ship, Guided Missile Cruiser 10,
commissioned in August 1963.
Date of Incident: 1965. Estimated late summer to early fall; it
wasn’t cold. Weather decks were open (nice weather, calm water).
Location: East of the Azores
((Initials deleted--witness)) was an Electronic
Technician ET3R (Radar). (Initials deleted. Now
denoted as XX –CF-) did maintenance on all radar on the Albany including SPS30, SPS43, SPS39,
SPS10, TACAN, and airborne early warning (AEW). The Albany is a
heavy cruiser, not an aircraft carrier, but it do (sic – does) air traffic control (hence the
It was after dark, after 10:00 p.m. "lights out." Not sure if it
was 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 4 a.m. watch.
Russian Bear aircraft had recently been seen in the area,
and the 6th fleet was on lookout for maneuvers involving Russian aircraft and
trawlers (electronic spy boats disguised as fishing boats).
and air traffic
controllers were watching 3 bogies on radar but had no visual contact.
Bogies did not respond to any communication. They were following fleet at
distance of 40-50 miles for over an hour at approximately the speed of the
Decision was made to scramble three jets, possibly F4
Phantoms (XX is not sure). Jet pilots
radioed back jet speed on the order of 1350 KTS. Jet pilots did not get
visual on bogies. ((initials deleted)) could see
bogies on SPS30 in height-finding radar.
It was not normal to have air traffic controllers in CIC
(Combat Information Center) at night. They were officers and would normally
be asleep, but controllers did arrive due to unusual occurrence this night.
used SPA33 Plan Position Indicator display units for multiple radar systems
on the Albany, but this system did
not link into other ships in the fleet. The important point being that a
malfunction of the Albany’s radar
system would not affect other ships.
The task force mission was to protect the aircraft
carrier. They were protecting from sub attacks.
((initials deleted--witness)) does not remember the aircraft
carrier also reported three bogies on their independent on-board radar.
Albany’s radars were set on sector scan
to focus on bogies.
The jets reported
over the radio that they had radar contact with bogies.
Jets never got closer than 20 miles (thus no visual?).
Jets move about 1/4 inch per
radar sweep at 1350 knots. The bogies began to move away in approximately 3/4
inch jumps per sweep. Bogies maintained triangular formation. Bogies disappeared
from radar within 7 sweeps. Jets were still visible on radar.
Officer of the watch was present [and] talking [to] the Albany’s air traffic controllers.
Jets still in flight broke off pursuit and turned back
to the aircraft carrier.
Radar went back to full 360 scan. Radar operators were
to keep a lookout for similar aircraft/bogies.
The two air controllers (lieutenant two bars) smiled
at each other and one turned to XX and said, "This incident never
((Initials deleted--witness)) suspects the air
controllers were acting under an order not to discuss the incident but was
never personally ordered not to discuss the incident.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the
incident is approximate. PD))
This reference: National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) http://www.ufocenter.com/ with thanks to
Peter Davenport, director.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
between the Azores and Spain. Body of water is the Atlantic Ocean.
Azores Latitude 38-30-00 N, Longitude 28-00-00 W (D-M-S)