NOTE: The USS Tuscaloosa,
one of the ships in this battle group, had an additional sighting that can be
read at: WW-??-1979 on this website. Also
another USS Midway story can be
read at: ??-??-1989.-CF-
Thanks to NavSource Naval History:
Posted [On the Black Vault’s website.-CF]: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:24 am
USS MIDWAY, USS
TUSCALOOSA UFO ENCOUNTER
My brother wanted me to type this
up and post it on here. He doesn’t have a computer.
UFO Encounter: June 23, 1983
I was deployed to the western Pacific Ocean on aboard the USS Tuscaloosa LST 1187 at 1200
I just relieved the watch on the
bridge of the ship, which was the JL board (tracking board)1.
It was a clear sunny day, the sea was calm. We were 300 NM (Nautical Miles)
south east of Russia's eastern navy port of Vladivostok.
In the north Sea of Japan, we were
travelling in formation with the aircraft carrier USS Midway and its battle group which consisted with approximately 30
ships. At 1210 PM, the USS Midway
radioed us and other ships in the battle group that they were tracking 5
unknown objects moving in a V formation from the coast of Russia and the USS Midway just picked them up on their air search radar.
I notified the officer of the
deck that the USS Midway was
tracking unknown (bogeys) flying objects. The officer of the deck instructed
me to call CIC (Combat Information Center) and obtain a course speed and CPA
(Close Point of Approach) of the bogeys. So I called "CIC" to
obtain the information. At 1210 PM the USS Midway radioed "CIC" with the information and the
"CIC" contacted me on the JL board and stated:
"We are tracking 5 unknown
objects in a V formation-on course 140 degree speed mach 52 and CPA is 90
miles due north of our location in one minute and the objects are travelling
from west to east."
I then called the lookouts on
port and starboard-forward and aft- and notified them to be on lookout for 5
bogeys and I gave them a relative bearing of 270 degrees to search the air
for sightings of the unknown air objects.
At 1211 PM the officer of the
deck called the captain of the ship, by the bridge phone to have him to come
to the bridge. He told the captain about the objects. The captain entered the
bridge and came to the JL board and told me to update information on the
unknown objects. I then called the "CIC" and told them to update
"CIC" then radioed the
At 1214 PM the USS Midway radioed "CIC" and
told them, the objects
vanished from radar near the islands of Japan approximately 30 seconds
ago. "CIC" contacted me; I then relayed the information to the
captain and the officer of the deck.
At 1215 PM, the ship's captain John D
White II told the bridge watch to remain silent about this incident. He said
this is a direct order; that this incident never happened.
I have remained silent about this
incident for the past 24 years. Based on analysis of this incident, many
people witnessed this which involved the bridge crews on 30 ships. However we
were the closest in the battle group formation to the objects than any other
ship in formation. This entire incident took only approximately 5 minutes and
these objects travelled almost 1000 miles in 5 minutes2.
We knew immediately they were not missiles of any sort based on their
incredible speed of Mach 5 plus. (17,500 MPH plus)2.
The lookouts on the ship were unable
to get a visual "sighting" due to the 90 mile range away from our
point. The USS Midway began
tracking the bogeys just south of Vladivostok Russia which was 300 NM
(nautical miles) from our position. These objects simply vanished into thin
air over Japan.
Approximately 2 days later, we
tied up in YokoHama (sic–Yokohama) Japan and
I was watching Japanese TV. There were numerous news reports all over on
every channel on TV of these "ufo" sightings.
This is not just a usual UFO
story, this is a case
where the military actually tracked 5 UFOS and all of the bridge crews which
were in formation at the time with the USS Tuscaloosa LST 1187, were ordered to keep
quiet on this unusual phenomenon.
This reference: http://www.theblackvault.com/ftopic-62192-next.html
. With thanks to fellow researcher John Greenewald, Jr.
the witness in case WW-??-1979 the “JL board” is the same as the “skunk” board, which was
wearing sound powered phones in contact with Combat Information Center (CIC),
Communications and Fore and Aft lookouts, marking various surface and aerial
contacts as required on a lighted board for all to see.
2: Something is wrong here. The first time a Mach number is used there
is also the same number of craft, so perhaps the two became entwined. The
next time it is used, it is the same Mach number but the speed is given at
17,500 MPH which would make Mach number one equal to 3,500 MPH. Mach numbers
vary with altitude and temperature from between 654.6 mph to 761.2 MPH so either the Mach number (5) is
wrong or the speed in MPH. If the MPH is correct and we use the higher value
for the Mach number (761.2), it turns out that the UFOs were traveling at
travelled almost 1000 miles in 5 minutes” 1,000÷5=200
miles per minute X 60 = 12,000 MPH. So the actual speed is really up for
grabs here, although the 12,000 is closer to the 17,500 than Mach 1 (761.2) x5
= 3,806 MPH.-CF-
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
“We were 300 NM (Nautical Miles) [= 345.23 (Statute miles)] south east of Russia's
eastern navy port of Vladivostok.” This is almost
the center of the Sea of Japan.-CF-
43-07-41 N, Longitude 131-54-04 E (D-M-S)
Yokohama Latitude 35-27-00 N, Longitude
of Japan Latitude
40-00 N, Longitude 135-00 E (D-M)
HISTORY FOR THIS PERIOD.
September 1981, the Chief of Naval Operations kicked off a tour of Far East
Naval Units when he visited Midway while in port Yokosuka.
December, 1983, Midway deployed to the North Arabian Sea and set a
record of 111 continuous days of operations.
1976 until 1983, Midway made six Indian Ocean cruises accounting for
338 days. She made 28 port calls in Subic Bay for 167 days, nine port calls
in Hong Kong for 40 days, seven port calls in Pusan, Korea for 32 days, seven
port calls in Sasebo, Japan for 28 days, three port calls in Perth, Australia
for 16 days, three port calls in Mombassa, Kenya for 14 days, three port
calls in Singapore for 11 days, one port call in Karachi, Pakistan for three
days, and one port call in Bandar Abbas, Iran for two days. Perhaps it was
the exotic nature of Midway's liberty ports that contributed to the