Go Back Report # 1086
00-00-1966 U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)

??-??-1966 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    
Pat Dingle OI RD3 64-68

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 Japan.   

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 getting bigger.   

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.                                                                                                                     

Reference: http://www.ussyorktown.com/yorktown/dingle.htm        

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    

Patrick Dingle’s History for this period

       Upon 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.

       It figures. 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, 1965.

This reference: http://www.ussyorktown.com/yorktown/dingle.htm  

USS Yorkton - History

       Yorktown 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.

       Yorktown 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 17 May.

       For the 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.

       Over the 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.                                                                                                                                             




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