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A few days ago, the Department of Defense (DOD) authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017.

The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos.

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Air space incursions

From an April 27 statement by the DoD: “After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”

Furthermore, the statement explains that “DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

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“Historical” Navy videos

The aerial phenomena observed in the videos, the DoD statement on the “Release of Historical Navy Videos” concludes, “remain characterized as “unidentified.”




The released videos can be found at the Naval Air Systems Command Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room:

Debunking the videos

But for all you unidentified aerial phenomena followers, take note of the work of Mick West. He describes himself as a debunker, skeptic, writer, along with being a former video game programmer. He is author of the book: Escaping the Rabbit Hole – How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories using Facts, Logic, and Respect.

West has released a video called “Explained: New Navy UFO Videos” – and it is well worth viewing.

West has assessed the trio of videos, called FLIR, GIMBAL and GOFAST.

Mick West, debunker, skeptic, writer.
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Likely explanations

“With the help of others, I quickly arrived at likely explanations for all three videos,” West explains. “The FLIR video is most likely a distant plane. The video was taken well after the famous encounter with a hypersonic zig-zagging tic-tac by pilots from the Nimitz [aircraft carrier]. This object doesn’t actually move on screen – except when the camera moves, and it resembles an out of focus low-resolution backlit plane. I don’t know what the pilots saw, but this video does not show anything really interesting.”

The GIMBAL video is also probably of a plane, West continues. “It’s not rotating. What you see is the infrared glare of the engines, larger than the plane. It looks like it is rotating because of an artifact of the gimbal-mounted camera system.” As for the “AURA” around the plane, that’s just image sharpening, he adds. “It happens all the time in thermal camera footage. It’s not an alien warp drive, it’s just the unsharp mask filter.”

Lastly, the GO-FAST video probably shows a balloon, West surmises. “It’s not moving fast, it’s not skimming the water, and you can verify this yourself because all the information you need is in the numbers on screen. It’s just an effect caused by parallax,” he concludes.

To view Mick West’s “Explained: New Navy UFO Videos” go to:

7 Responses to “Debunking Navy “UFO” Videos”

  • don says:

    All of the best scientists in the world…and youyou dont think they discovered what you’ve mentioned? Not buyin that

  • What? says:

    Well this guy better get on the phone with the Pentagon because all the seasoned vets over there looked at the footage and couldn’t determine what it is. They couldn’t identify a fucking PLANE? Luckily we have wise people like Mick West to handle the situation.

  • That Guy says:

    Gee, it’s good to know that there are very stable geniuses like him. Otherwise we might just have to take the word of highly trained and experienced Navy fighter pilots.

  • Dean Jenkins says:

    I think Mr West puts a more articulate and well thought out case than your inane and dogmatic ‘fucking denial.

  • Mick so smart says:

    Navy pilot is cheering for being able to track the object with his radar, and Mick West chimes in to explain it was a balloon. Sure Mick, thanks for clearing that up lol.

  • Chris says:

    I saw Framor who witnessed the tic tac ufo interviewed on a respectable channel – that of Lex Fridman, an AI researcher at MIT. He is a serious scientist not a wackjob. Framor refutes West’s accusatiions. He explains in great detail how navy pilots are trained to use their instrument readings as much if not more than their eyes. He did not just see it from 1 angle, he engaged with it going 360 degrees round it and is 99.99% sure it was some super advanced, next level technology. At the time of the sighting he, was a navy pilot instructor and trained how to correctly observe. He explains why that is. Mick is not a trained pilot or even really a trained observer. Self-taught at most. I have to believe Framor. He has not sought to make money and even said nothing about it to anyone outside the navy for years. It only happened once and he just got on with his life. He is not a “believer”. Mick West is just a professional debunker.

  • Martin says:

    Your all nuts . No such thing as ETs , aliens etc . The bigger the lie , the more our species believe it .

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