Go Back Report # 496
04-23-1976

04-23-1976  

Ship's Crew Sees UFO

by Donald R. Todd

       At 0240 hours on April 23, 1976. 1st Lt. Hedison (a pseudonym) was on communication duty aboard a navy destroyer about 700 miles out in the Atlantic just southwest of Bermuda and bound for Boston. The Horizon Lookout called his attention to an unidentified green light at "zero-zero-zero" dead ahead through light fog. Estimated at approximately three miles, it was located in the sky at a 10° angle from the horizon.

       Hedison immediately checked with the ship's radar and sonar men. Radar reported no "blip" on the scope and Sonar reported no engine, crew nor mechanical underwater sound denoting a vessel in the water other than their own sound. The Lieutenant then viewed the radar screen for himself and concurred that there was indeed no visible "blip" to indicate anything at all in the vicinity.

       As Hedison stepped out on the wing of the bridge, both he and the lookouts observed the green light to drop down to within thirty to forty feet of the ocean surface and appear to move-toward them. It seemed imminent to the Lieutenant that they were now on a collision course with the unknown.

       Hedison quickly checked with Radar again. Radar reported, "No blip." Sonar reported, "No sound."

       The Lieutenant then ordered a ninety degree turn to starboard, and as the ship heeled around, the "light" now closer and more prominent through the fog, became a solid green glow of considerable size -- and had made a similar ninety degree turn to port -- ·and was now pacing the destroyer. Hedison ordered another ninety degree turn to starboard putting the destroyer now on a reverse course away from Boston. The UFO likewise turned to starboard, came in closer to within about fifty to sixty feet and continued to pace the ship.

       Suddenly the destroyer emerged from the fog and the radar shack erupted with excitement. A sudden large "blip" appeared on the scope and now half of the ship's complement had been awakened and was crawling the decks watching.

       Since the destroyer's original course toward Boston was on a heading of two-nine-two, Hedison ordered the Helmsman to bring the ship back to that heading and toward Boston again.

       Instantly the UFO followed around in a wide 180° arc and took up station at some distance off the destroyer’s port beam.

       As the destroyer came up on course, the Skipper appeared on the bridge having been awakened by the erratic maneuverings of the ship. Simultaneously with the Captain's arrival, the UFO rose toward their bows as if going up an inclined plane and leisurely circled the ship twice. Then once again off the port beam, it descended at moderate speed, heightened its green brilliance, then tilted at an angle, it entered the water with its leading edge.

       During the encirclement of the destroyer, the Captain, Lieutenant Hedison and some of the crew had been observing the UFO-USO with binoculars. Once the object entered the water, it seemed to sink at a gradual angle until only a dim green glow could be distinguished beneath the water.

       The Captain immediately advised all personnel on the bridge and on deck to forget the incident, and then presently on General communications, likewise advised the ship's company to forget the entire affair. Once again the following morning by means of General Communications, the Captain reminded the crew to dismiss the previous night's incident. Then according to Lieutenant Hedison, the Captain entered the following remarks into the ship's log.

       "At approximately zero-two-four hundred hours on twenty three April 1976, Destroyer DD-000 on a course of two-nine-two, at 32° north longitude, 67° east latitude, did encounter an unidentified surface vessel.

       "Since the unidentified vessel was displaying its starboard (green) light and obviously crossing our bows in light fog, it was therefore prudent to pass starboard-to-starboard for safety. (Naval rules of the Road state that boats approaching on opposite parallel courses must keep to the right and pass port-to-port.) Upon passing the unidentified vessel without incident, said unidentified executed a wide 180° arc astern of us and passed on.

"Remarks: The unidentified appeared to be a Russian trawler."                                            

This reference: The A.P.R.O. Bulletin Vol. 26, No. 11, May 1978Ship's Crew Sees UFO” by Donald R. Todd

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO DATABASE, see http://www.larryhatch.net    

UFOCAT PRN – NONE

UFOCAT URN – NONE  The APRO Bulletin Vol. 26, No. 11, May 1978 , pp1 & 2 “Ship's Crew Sees

                                        UFO” by Donald R. Todd      

Atlantic Ocean

Bermuda          Latitude 32-18N, Longitude 64-45 W (D-M)

Reference: British West Indies and Bermuda gazetteer, Prepared in the Division of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., September 1955        

North America – United States, Massachusetts

Boston            Latitude 42-21-30 N, Longitude 71-03-37 W (D-M-S)

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington D.C., 1990

UFO Location: Latitude 32° N, Longitude 67° E (From Text)   

 



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