1986-UFO Seen from Bridge of USS Edenton
the US Navy in the summer of 1986, I was standing lookout aboard the USS
Edenton ATS 1 (currently decommissioned).
The lookout watch, stood outside on top the bridge of
the ship, and was responsible for reporting all contacts seen both in the
water and sky. It was around eleven p.m. one clear night at sea, located
about fifty miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
During one of my scans of the night sky, out of know
where (sic – nowhere), four red circular
lights appeared. The lights where hundreds of yards apart from each other and
formed a square. At first, I thought it was four separate air craft, such as,
military helicopters because the lights were stationary; however, due to the
distance from the ship, the lights where too large to be aircraft running
There were also no other normal running lights like
green and white, which make-up the normal outline of an aircraft seen at
night. The lights where
located about twenty degrees above the horizon and about a mile away from the
ship. Again, these four red lights were each about the size of a small
plane, which were very bright and visible in the night sky. The night sky was
also clear, moon lit, and a moderate amount of stars were visible, which also
aided in calculating the distance and size of these lights.
As stated, when I first saw these lights they were all
stationary in the sky and appeared out of know where (sic – nowhere). Once I noticed that these were not
normal lights, grouped in a square and not moving, I called down to the
bridge over a salt and pepper line informing the conning officer of a
possible UFO sighting. This brought laughter across the wire at first, but I
relayed the contact again in a stern but excited voice, which succeeded in
getting the bridge officers attention. After relaying the contact information
a second time, the four
lights, in a flash, darted towards the horizon amazingly fast. The
lower two lights in the square went first, with the top two lights following
directly behind them in a curved swooshing motion and there was no sound.
Then all four
shot straight up into outer-space and out of sight, all within a split second. At
this point, I felt very excited and shocked, and was personally praying
someone on the bridge had seen what I just saw. Having been an avid watcher
of the night sky, seen shooting stars and a believer in that life has to exist
somewhere out there, I become even more excited because I knew, I just saw my
first unidentified flying object(s).
To my amazement, when I returned to the bridge after my
watch, I was very pleased to learn that the conning officer and everyone else
on the bridge had seen this sighting and logged it into the ship’s log as a
Next, after a half hour had passed since the sighting, the radiation detection system
(gamma roentgen meter) on the bridge started making a loud clicking sound.
At first, no one seemed to know what was making this sound then a very loud
bell went off notifying us as to what was going on, we were being radiated.
When the instrument stopped clicking, it indicated we
had taken a hit of 385 roentgens in the period of about one minute. At this
point, the captain of the ship was awoken and called to the bridge, as well
as the chief in charge of the radiation metering equipment onboard ship.
The captain was
not impressed with an entry of a UFO sighting being placed in the ship’s log, and at first, took the roentgen
meter as being defective. However, the chief informed the captain that the
meter had been serviced and calibrated the day before and that other like
meters throughout the ship had just gone off indicating the same amount of
roentgens received as the bridge.
The captain stated not to log the instance concerning
the radiation exposure and left the bridge. During the rest of my watch duty
that night, no officer or enlisted person spoke of what happened, and also
acted liked nothing happened. This experience, however, was etched into my
memory as if it happened yesterday and I have told this story to only a few
people, people who I thought would believe me. This is also the first time I
have documented the events of this night.
In conclusion, as an indication of the strength of gamma
radiation, I and others received that night; all the personnel during the
Project Trinity experiments conducted in 1945 at ground zero, only received
between 1 and 6 total roentgens of gamma radiation. This leads me to believe,
we traveled through the wake of radiation produced by the UFOs seen thirty
This reference: http://www.ufocasebook.com/1986ussedenton.html.
With Thanks to B J at UFO Casebook - http://www.ufocasebook.com/
Original reference: www.mufoncms.com
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United States, North Carolina. Body of
water is the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Hatteras Latitude 35-32-29 N, Longitude 75-31-49 W (D-M-S)
Ships history: http://www.navysite.de/ats/ats1.htm