Go Back Report # 922



Date: Beginning of 1954

Place: Mediterranean Sea on a naval cruise from Naples, Italy to Malta

Time: Approx. 9 to 10 p.m.

Weather Conditions: Seas were calm, clear night

Sighting; Round light size of volleyball; there were no sound and no physical effects

Ship: U.S.N. LST 532 attached to the Sixth Fleet        


We were watching a movie on the tank deck inside the ship because of the cold weather. (To the best of my recollection, this took place after Christmas [1953-CF-], early in '54.) Somebody came down to the tank deck and said to come on up and see the light. So we all proceeded topside and off the port bow there was this white light. The best estimate, it's extremely difficult to say, is 200 yards off the bow. I am not sure of the sequence of events, but the order was given to turn the spotlight on the light. When the light hit the object, it was clear that the object itself had no base and was above the water. For approximately five minutes it stayed in the same place. (The color was white and remained so.)       

Although we were traveling at approximately 10 knots, we did not overtake the light.

After about 5 minutes the object came toward the ship at a rapid rate of speed. It came within about 10 yards of the ship and then veered toward the stern of the ship, remaining approximately 200 yards away.          

The captain, Lt. Comm. Lloyd V. Sternberg, ordered all engines stopped. Then engines were started up and he turned the ship toward the light (port) and took a run at the light. The object backed off farther from us. Sternberg stopped engines again and the light came flying in at us and veered off. This cat and mouse game went on for about ten minutes. After this period the captain ordered a small boat (LCVP) into the water to investigate. The LCVP was manned by three sailors. When the boat was put in the water, it made a run at the object, and at that time the object disappeared.         

We stayed in the vicinity for about an hour, but the light never reappeared.

The Naval Command in Naples was notified. When we reached Malta at about 8 a.m., we were met by Naval Intelligence and interviewed individually.          

This incident had to be put in the log because every time a change of speed or course is made, it has to be logged.    

This was witnessed by at least 70 men. Although there was no fear at the time, the crew was left with a feeling of anxiety because we didn't know what we were dealing with.                           

Reference: E-mail from the witness stating:

“This is an exact copy of the report we forwarded to, The [J. Allen Hynek] Center for UFO Studies, in June of 1976.”       

His story is also on the “Malta UFO Research” organization website:


UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Mediterranean Sea on a naval cruise from Naples, Italy to Malta

Naples, Italy                Latitude 40-49-60 N, Longitude 14-15-00 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

Republic of Malta          Latitude 35-50 N, Longitude 14-35 E (D-M)

Reference: http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/mt.htm          


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