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Unauthorized UFO videos are real, says U.S. Navy

Navy spokesman says that sightings of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ ‘occur frequently.’

Screenshot from “Gimbal: The First Official UAP Footage from the USG for Public Release” shared on YouTube by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.
To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science

Three recently released videos of “unidentified flying objects” are authentic, though they were not authorized by the government for public release, according to Time magazine.

The footage in the videos comes from the U.S. Navy, and depicts three separate incidents of pilots encountering what Navy spokesperson Joe Gradisher calls “unidentified aerial phenomena,” Time reports.

The video clips were released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (an organization cofounded by former Blink 182 artist Tom DeLonge) in 2017 and 2018. The videos’ validity was originally confirmed to The Black Vault by Gradisher earlier this month, according to Time.

“The reason why I’m talking about it is to drive home the seriousness of this issue,” Gradisher told Time. “The more I talk, the more our aviators and all services are more willing to come forward.”

Gradisher explained that greater transparency about the phenomena increases pilot safety.

“For many years, our aviators didn’t report these incursions because of the stigma attached to previous terminology and theories about what may or may not be in those videos,” Gradisher told CNN.

Unexplained sightings “occur frequently,” he told Time.

John Greenwald Jr., founder of the Black Vault blog, spoke to the Washington Post about the significance of this news.

“The most powerful military doesn’t know what these objects are,” Greenwald told the Post. “That doesn’t mean aliens, or that they don’t have some plausible logical explanation. But … admitting that they see things in the sky and they can’t identify them, that to me is the most amazing part of this.”