(ETH) – Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday, who is the U.S. Navy’s top officer, was recently questioned about a series of mysterious and concerning incidents that took place back in July of 2019 which has been described as ‘drones’ swarming American destroyers off the coast of Southern California.
According to the report, the Chief was asked by Jeff Schogol of Task & Purpose if the Navy had positively identified any of the aircraft that were involved in the incident and Gilday responded by saying: “No, we have not. I am aware of those sightings and as it’s been reported there have been other sightings by aviators in the air and by other ships not only of the United States but other nations – and of course other elements within the U.S. joint force.”
“Those findings have been collected and they still are being analyzed,” Gilday added. “I don’t have anything new to report, Jeff, on what those findings have revealed thus far. But I will tell you we do have a well-established process in place across the joint force to collect that data and to get it to a separate repository for analysis.”
It is yet to be clarified if Admiral Gilday was referring to the Department of Defense’s Navy-led Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which was reportedly created back in August to examine “incursions by unauthorized aircraft into our training ranges or designated airspace.” A Senate-requested report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena is expected later this year. Representatives from the UAPTF could not be reached for comment.
Schogol was also asked if there was any suspicion that the aircraft described as drones were “extraterrestrial.” Gilday responded, “No, I can’t speak to that – I have no indications at all of that.”