Go Back Report # 1367



National UFO Reporting Center

Sighting Report




To anyone who remembers this incident, I would sure like
to hear from you for any further details you can add,

and to make this a multiple witness case.-CF

Occurred: 6/15/1980

Reported: 8/29/2003 1:33:18 PM 13:33

Posted: 9/4/2003

Location: Caribbean Sea (USS W.S. Sims)


Duration: 2 weeks

U.S. Navy destroyer escort dispatched to Puerto Rico to observe unknown underwater contact which remained undetermined.


While I was serving in the U.S. Navy during the summer of 1980 or 1981, my ship, the USS W.S. Sims, FF-1059, was urgently dispatched to Puerto Rico. We were initially told that a Russian submarine was detected which was making suspicious maneuvers in the vicinity of Puerto Rico. We spent several weeks with divers, scientists and other experts on board, attempting to determine what was going on. I was informed that the divers had remarked that this incident was another "Shag Harbor." I only learned many years later after leaving the U.S. Navy, through watching programs on cable like "Sightings" and other programs on The Learning Channel and Discovery Channel about Shag Harbor in Nova Scotia and also that UFOs were reported to be operating in the waters off Puerto Rico. We never were told anymore about the result of this mission other than that it had been determined that a natural phenomenon of undetermined origin had been studied that was capable of mysteriously eluding detection at will only to reappear again. This went on for about 6 weeks if I remember correctly.


((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. We have encouraged the witness to have other members of the cress [sic-crew] of the USS W.S. Sims submit reports of their recollections as well. PD))


Reference for the above text is: National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), Peter Davenport, Director: http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/031/S31013.html

Retrieved on August 25, 2011.




Location: Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico


Ship’s History for this Period

After a brief visit to Portland, Maine, W. S. Sims reported to the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 7 May 1979 for an overhaul.

She was scheduled to return to Mayport in March 1980 and resume operations.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_W._S._Sims_(FF-1059)


March 1980      SIMS   returns from her overhaul at Bath Iron Works, Maine.

MAY 1980        SIMS   heads for GITMO [Guantanamo, Cuba] for REFTRA refresher training (Near Puerto Rico)

October 1980   SIMS   departs for MED [Mediterranean] cruise

Reference: http://www.usssims1059.org/history.html

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