Senior Navy officials said that a year and a half after the incident, drones that had hovered around the US destroyer for several hours hovered off the coast of California for several years.
The head of naval operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, spoke about the July 2019 flight at a defense writers organization event in Washington on Monday. Gildi said the incident and other similar sightings are still under evaluation.
When asked if the Navy has identified a drone flying near a U.S. warship near the Channel Islands of Southern California, Gildy said: “No, we don’t.”
“I am aware of these sightings, and it is reported that pilots and other ships in aviation have other sightings not only in the United States, but also in other countries, and of course other personnel in the United States joint force, Gildi said.
He said: “These findings have been collected and are still being analyzed.”
The admiral said: “The entire joint force has a complete process to collect this data and save it in a separate repository for analysis.”
Gilday seems to be referring to the pending report requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has asked the Director of the National Intelligence Agency to consult with the Department of Defense to provide an unexplained sighting by June 25 Reports of advanced aircraft and drones. army. The report should check whether the foreign opponent is behind an unidentified aircraft.
When asked if the plane was an “alien”, Gilday said that he “has no sign.”
The flight was originally reported by The Drive website, based on ship logs and emails published in response to a Freedom of Information request. NBC News obtained the same file.
In situations where it is usually invisible for a few days, as many as six drones flew around the battleship at a time, and the drones flashed lights and prompted on-board safety precautions.
Unmanned aircraft can stay in the air for 90 minutes or longer, exceeding the capabilities of commercial unmanned aircraft.
According to the ship’s logs, these drones can also fly at the same speed as the destroyer, which flies in low visibility conditions with visibility less than 1 nautical mile.
This incident increased the possibility of a serious security breach.
The drone flight took place near San Clemente Island, which is home to sensitive military installations, including the Navy SEAL training ground, ship-to-shore live ammunition shooting range, and airfield.
The mysterious drone flight prompted immediate questioning by naval and FBI investigators and intelligence personnel, including agents of the Naval Criminal Investigation Bureau, the FBI field office in Los Angeles, and the director of the Maritime News Operations Center of the Navy’s 3rd Department. The team, according to an email obtained by NBC News.
These e-mails clearly show that this issue has been receiving high-level attention, all the way to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.