In the footage, an orb could be seen making a controlled flight in restricted American airspace. It then approached the surface of the water and hovered above it for a moment before abruptly vanishing from view. Two crew members could be heard repeating, "It splashed."
Investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell posted the footage on his website Extraordinary Beliefs on Friday, May 14. He shared still images from the clip last month but the video was newly released.
The object was characterized as a "trans-medium" vehicle capable of traveling both through air and underwater, according to intelligence reports obtained by Corbell. A caption accompanying the images indicated that there were attempts to search the water for wreckage but no remnant of the craft was recovered.
Corbell also released a video and three other pictures of UFOs along with the still images last month. The footage was taken onboard the Navy destroyer USS Russell in July 2019 and featured multiple pyramid-shaped UFOs swarming the warship at night.
The images, on other hand, were taken inside the cockpit of a Navy aircraft in March 2019. Captured on the same day using the same cell phone, the pictures depicted three different flying objects, which were each referred to as "acorn," "metal blimp" and "sphere" due to their shapes.
Department of Defense (DOD) spokesperson Susan Gough confirmed that the materials were indeed taken by Navy personnel. But she declined to provide details about the events depicted to preserve operations security and avoid disclosing information that might be useful to U.S. enemies. (Related: The Pentagon has evidence of UFOs that cannot be explained with known technology, Trump’s intel chief reveals.)
The newly released footage came as former Navy lieutenant Ryan Graves disclosed that he regularly spotted unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) – the government's official term for UFOs – off the coast of Virginia during his time with the Navy.
In an interview on CBS News' "60 Minutes," which aired May 16, Graves admitted that he and his colleagues detected maneuverable flying objects almost every day in protected American airspace between 2015 and 2017.
The ex-Navy pilot believes that UAPs constitute a threat to America's national security. He noted that other Navy pilots who witnessed UAPs speculated that these unidentified aircraft could be enemy spy planes, among other things.
At the same time, however, he acknowledged that some UAPs could be something else entirely.
"This is a difficult one to explain. You have rotation, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, right? I don't know. I don't know what it is, frankly," Graves told show correspondent Bill Whitaker. "[But] I would say, the highest probability is it's a threat observation program."
Also appearing on the same show, former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo told Whitaker that UAPs appear to be "far superior" compared to any American aircraft.
"Imagine a technology that can do 600 to 700 G-forces, that can fly 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and can fly through air and water and possibly space," said Elizondo, who served as the head of the disbanded Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program under the Defense Intelligence Agency. The program is the predecessor of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force.
"And by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth's gravity. That's precisely what we're seeing," he went on.
Next month, the Pentagon and other intelligence agencies are expected to provide Congress with a report on they know about UAPs. The report would be unclassified but would also contain a classified supplement.
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