U.S.S. Midway (CV-41)
NOTE: Another USS Midway
story can be read at: 06-23-1983.-CF-
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In 1989, I was an officer on the
aircraft carrier, USS Midway. After having been off the ship for a couple of
weeks to help with the birth of my first child, I joined the ship in the Indian Ocean steaming
toward the Gulf of Oman. During this time period, oil tankers had been
attacked while going through the Strait of Hormuz.
One day, I was standing watch in the CDC (combat
direction center). It was my job to over-watch the activity of a crew whose
job it was to track the position and movement of all surface contacts (ships)
in our vicinity. We never like anybody getting within three miles of us, and
we are especially wary when there is a possibility that we may be attacked. I
was watching my own radar scope, which happens to be two feet in diameter,
very closely, when the sweep of the radar showed three bright returns equally
distant from each other.
On the next sweep, there were three blips again.
However, they had moved quite a distance. Normally, if a single blip moved
that far in a single sweep, I would have taken it as a random high wave
crest. But, these three blips were quite strong returns, and they maintained
an exact triangular formation. If an aircraft flew low enough, it could
sometimes be detected on my "surface" radar which is aimed low to
My first thought was that these were three aircraft.
But, I had seen aircraft on my screen before, and these blips were moving far faster than anything
I had seen before, far faster than even our fighter jets. My second
thought was that the blips were missiles. This concerned me a little to say
the least. I immediately contacted the other half of CDC which keeps track of
the air traffic. I was very certain that they would not have allowed anybody
to slip within our perimeter!, which happens to be fifty miles in the air. I
asked if our guys were firing any missiles for practice.
I thought this might have been a possibility, especially
since the blips weren't moving directly at us. They were coming closer but on
a tangent. The air guys didn't have a clue about what I was asking them but
said that we were conducting no tests. When the three blips got to what would
be their closest point on the tangent, two of the blips made a ninety degree
turn away from the ship. The third however, turned directly toward the ship.
I was rather excited at the time, but if I had to hazard a guess, I would say
that about a minute had passed between the time when I first noticed the
three blips and when they turned. I was extremely agitated, and since the
guys on the air side apparently weren't detecting my bogies, I called to the lookouts
on the 1MC (intercom).
We have actual people on the superstructure with
binoculars. I told them that we had something coming in at us at a high rate
of speed, and I told them what direction it was coming from. I yelled at the
commander in charge of the complete CDC telling him what was going on, but
the bogie was coming in so fast that there was no time to react. When the
bogie got to within one mile of our ship, it suddenly disappeared from my
radar scope. I called to the lookouts, but they had seen nothing.
I reported everything to the commander, but his reaction
was strange. There was
no reaction at all. While contemplating all the things that had just
happened, I realized that I couldn't have been tracking missiles. There are
none on earth that I know of that can travel at the velocity I saw on my
radar screen. Sure, maybe a shuttle in the vacuum of space, but these bogies had to be
flying within thirty feet of the surface of the water for my radar to detect
them. A few minutes had passed when the three blips appeared again at
nearly the same starting point as the first time. I hollered to the commander
letting him know they were back. I called to the air side again. Basically,
everything repeated almost identically.
After the second run, I was extremely disturbed.
Something unidentified could fly to within a mile of us without full
detection, without our lookouts seeing it, and with our total inability to do
anything about it even with all the might of an aircraft carrier at hand. The commander seemed
So, I left my station, walked over to the commander and
expressed as calmly as possible the facts and why they were so distressing to
me. I said, "Something just got to within one mile of us, and it got
there faster than anything I've ever seen. It made course changes that should
have been impossible. And, the only way our lookouts couldn't have seen it,
is if it dove into the water. How is this possible?" I told him that I
was a skeptic but that the only explanation I could think of was that these
things might have been UFOs, like flying saucers from another world.
He spoke rather quietly and said that while I had been off the ship, our CDC had detected an
unidentified aircraft and that we had launched, what we call, our alert
fighter to intercept and identify it. He said that the alert fighter had
gotten to within visual range, the pilot saw a metallic glint, when the
object accelerated away from him and dove into the water. The pilot
flew over the area, but there was no hint of a crash. One of the carrier's
escort ships was sent to the area, but not a trace of anything was found. He said he believed that
also had been a flying saucer.
I am still an officer in the U.S. Navy, so I am
reluctant to reveal very much personal information. I will give corroborating
details if necessary. I'm not saying that what I experienced was proof of extraterrestrial
visitation, but I am certainly open to the possibility.
This reference: From Jeff Rense’s website: http://www.rense.com/general5/ufpo.htm
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
The Indian Ocean steaming toward the Gulf of Oman
MIDWAY - PERIOD HISTORY:
On March 13, 1989, Midway participated in Exercise TEAM SPIRIT in the waters off
South Korea for the second consecutive year. From June 7-8, Midway was put on standby after the
massacre in Tiananmen Square for possible evacuation of American citizens
from the People's Republic of China.
Midway's dependability for rapid
response was reaffirmed on August
16, 1989 as she celebrated her 44th year of service by deploying again to the
Indian Ocean. On August 28, Midway
participated in Exercise THALAY, a three day exercise with Royal Thai
Navy ships. On September 9, Midway logged
its 200,000th catapult shot since being recommissioned in 1972. On September
30, an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the Midway
mistakenly dropped a 500-pound bomb on the deck of the USS Reeves, CG-24, during training
exercises in the Indian Ocean 32 miles south of Diego Garcia, creating a
five-foot hole in the bow, sparking a small fire, and injuring five sailors.
On November 10, Midway became
the first Navy carrier to pull pier side in Fremantle, Australia.