U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)
Note: “about 1966” is
“about” as close as we can get to the date. I have included Mr. Dingle’s
history as given on his webpage along with the Yorktown’s history; both are
near the end of the case text. Between 1965-1967 is my more finite limits .
Given both histories “about” 1966 is suitable estimation.-CF-
USS Yorktown and the UFO
This is a story about a curious event that took place about 1966. We were days
out of Pearl Harbor enroute to Japan for a port call then on to Vietnam. I
was one of four lookouts on duty on the 07 level, two forward, two aft. I was
on the forward station.
We were steaming west with our four destroyer escorts on station approx. 2-3
miles out, each on our quarter beams. It was about 2200 hours and the weather
was balmy with clear skies. There was no activity; just a straight run to
The other lookout and I looked up and saw a light in the sky coming towards us from the port
side! We were surprised because CIC had not said anything to us about
an approaching aircraft. It looked like a bright landing light coming at us.
We called down to CIC on the sound power phones and reported the aircraft.
They responded with "negative,
no plane on radar" Meanwhile the light kept coming closer and
The light is now
almost overhead and rather large. Then it stopped. It just stayed over us for
several minutes with no sounds coming from it. CIC kept insisting there was
nothing showing up on radar. The bridge watch was also reporting the light as was the two aft
lookouts. We were all on the same phone system.
After several minutes of hovering over us, the bright
light went much brighter and lit up the entire task group almost like
daylight. We looked at each other and said "we don't have anything that
can do this and they [the Russians] don't have anything like this. What the
hell is it". Now the whole ocean and destroyers were lit up for a number
of square miles. The
really bright light went off leaving the original stationary light as it was.
Then it started to move from port to starboard and then shot away and faded
from sight within several seconds. All this without a sound.
I estimate that between the guys on duty aboard the Yorktown and four destroyers,
there had to be a least a hundred guys that witnessed that incident. Now I
have to tell you I'm the kind of guy that has to kick the tires before I can
tell you what I saw. All I know is what I just related. I'm curious know if
any readers of this site saw that or if Brian S. knows if we or the Russian
had anything flying those days without sound and evade radar. And no, I've
never seen anything like that before or since.
The following is an exchange of messages between Jimm Kopf (See:
??-??-1971), and Patrick Dingle. Jimm presents his report from that case and
the following is Pat’s reply-CF-:
Pat Dingle OI Rd3 64-68 USS Yorktown
Re: UFO cited on USS JFK (1971)
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:52pm
The short answer Jim is WOW, what a great report. The
main similarities are the time of night, out to sea, bright light and no
sound. We didn't have any point of reference either, simply couldn't tell how
high, how big, or how close or far away it was. The biggest difference is how
much impact your UFO had on the ship and all that equipment. You had
confirmation from the Captain whereas we had no follow up.
I met a guy about five years ago and the UFO subject
came up. He had been on a CVS stationed in the Atlantic during the late 60s
and described the same thing I saw in the Pacific about the same time.
I should disclose here that I live 20 min. by air and 2
hrs. by car from Area 51. You can't live in this neighborhood for 45 yrs and
not know something about UFOs. I've heard from a number of very credible
people over the years about UFO encounters. I've also met a lot of wackos.
I'm really glad you wrote in today Jim. That's one of
the best stories I've heard. Don't back off it. We are not alone.
Secondary reference: http://www.ussyorktown.com/yorktown/ufojfk.htm
Dingle’s History for this period
completion of boot camp at NTC, San Diego, I was sent to the USS Yorktown
berthed at Pier E Long Beach California in July, 1964. I was in awe upon seeing her for the
first time. What a huge ship. I came aboard to learn I had been assigned to
the OI, operations intelligence div. We were the Combat Information Center or
radar men along with other such duties.
In boot camp I had requested sonar on a sub and here I was, a radar man
aboard an anti-submarine ship. We left Long Beach several weeks later for a regular 6 month West-Pac
cruise. We arrived in Pearl Harbor and spent about a week there. The
Navy was turning out to be everything I had hoped it would be, a great job,
foreign travel, exotic ports, it don't get better. But it did.
About a week out of Pearl, reroute to Japan, I was off
duty in the sleeping compartment when suddenly the ship turned hard to port
and picked up speed. We were doing approx. 30+ knots, you could tell by the
way everything was vibrating. I thought to myself what the hell is going on?
We were stunned as well as pumped up. Of course all of
us were aware of the incident involving the North Vietnamese attacks on the
USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox a month or so earlier but no one had ever brought
up the speculation that we would ever go there. And now we are on our way at
full speed. That was in January,
This reference: http://www.ussyorktown.com/yorktown/dingle.htm
Yorkton - History
emerged from the shipyard in January 1961 and returned to Long Beach on the
27th. She conducted refresher training and then resumed normal west coast
operations until late July. On 29 July, the aircraft carrier stood out of
Long Beach, bound once again for the Orient. She made an extended stopover in
the Hawaiian Islands in August and, consequently, did not arrive in Yokosuka
until 4 September. That tour of duty in the Far East consisted of a normal
schedule of antiair and antisubmarine warfare exercises as well as the usual
round of port visits. She concluded the deployment at Long Beach on 2 March 1962. Normal west
coast operations occupied her time through the summer and into the fall. On
26 October, the warship left Long Beach in her wake and set a course for the
Far East. During that deployment, she served as flagship for Carrier Division
(CarDiv) 19. She participated in a number of ASW and AAW exercises, including
the SEATO ASW exercise, Operation Sea Serpent. The deployment lasted until 6 June 1963 at which time
the carrier set a course back to Long Beach.
arrived back in her home port on 18 June 1963 and resumed normal operations for the remainder of
the year. Those operations continued throughout most of 1964 as well. However, on 22 October, she pointed her
bow westward again and set out for a tour of duty with the 7th Fleet. Another
period of operations in the Hawaiian Islands delayed her arrival in Japan
until 3 December. The
1964 and 1965
deployment brought Yorktown her first real involvement in the Vietnamese
civil war. In February, March, and April, she conducted a series of special
operations in the South China Sea in waters near Vietnam — presumably ASW
services for the fast carriers conducting air strikes against targets in
Vietnam in support of the increased American involvement in the civil war in
that country. She concluded
her tour of duty in the Far East on 7 May 1965 when she departed
Yokosuka to return to the United States. The carrier arrived in Long Beach on
remainder of her active career, Yorktown's involvement in combat operations
in Vietnam proved a dominant feature of her activities. After seven months of normal
operations out of Long Beach, she got underway for the western Pacific again
on 5 January 1966. She arrived in Yokosuka on 17 February and joined
TF 77 on Yankee Station later that month.
next five months, the aircraft carrier spent three extended tours of duty on
Yankee Station providing ASW and sea-air rescue services for the carriers of
TF 77. She also participated in several ASW exercises, including the major
SEATO exercise, Operation Sea Imp. The warship concluded her last tour of
duty on Yankee Station early in July 1966, and, after a stop at Yokosuka,
headed home on the 15th. She disembarked her air group at San Diego on 27
July and reentered Long Beach that same day. She resumed normal operations —
carrier qualifications and ASW exercises — for the remainder of the year and
during the first two months of 1967.