Go Back Report # 1141

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-         

USS Midway (CV-41)

Thanks to NavSource Naval History: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/024120.jpg

Posted [On the Black Vault’s website.-CF]: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:24 am   Post subject:         


My brother wanted me to type this up and post it on here. He doesn’t have a computer.

Military Operations:    

UFO Encounter: June 23, 1983           

I was deployed to the western Pacific Ocean on aboard the USS Tuscaloosa LST 1187 at 1200 noon.

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 the objects-  

"CIC" then radioed the USS Midway-  

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.        

Note 1: From the witness in case WW-??-1979 the “JL board” is the same as the “skunk” board, which was explained as:

            Watch-stander 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.           

Note 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 Mach 23.

       these objects 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-

Vladivostok      Latitude 43-07-41 N, Longitude 131-54-04 E (D-M-S)

Yokohama        Latitude 35-27-00 N, Longitude 139-39-00 E

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

Sea of Japan    Latitude 40-00 N, Longitude 135-00 E (D-M)




In September 1981, the Chief of Naval Operations kicked off a tour of Far East Naval Units when he visited Midway while in port Yokosuka.

In December, 1983, Midway deployed to the North Arabian Sea and set a record of 111 continuous days of operations.

From 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 "Midway Magic".

Reference: http://midwaysailor.com/midway/history.html      


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