A US Navy veteran who was on board the USS Princeton when a UFO was spotted by fighter pilots has revealed a group of mysterious officials boarded the cruiser soon after to retrieve secret information.
Footage of the moment an F/A-18 Super Hornet spotted the unknown object hurtling through the skies in 2004 became one of the most talked-about UFO sightings of all time, after it was released by the New York Times in 2017.
It led to the Pentagon admitting to having a top-secret programme devoted to looking at the existence of extraterrestrial objects.
The incident – which showed a tic-tac shaped UFO performing manoeuvres never seen before – took place off the coast of San Diego.
While the pilots had taken off from the USS Nimitz, they were part of a larger battle group which featured the USS Princeton.
Lead Petty Officer Ryan Weigelt was in charge of looking after the helicopters on board the Princeton at the time of the incident.
In an interview with The Nimitz Encounters, he revealed that soon after the mysterious aircraft was spotted by the fighter jets, a group of United States Air Force personnel landed on his ship.
Ryan explained that this group “weren’t assigned” to the carrier and, as soon as they arrived, they went straight to the Admiral’s Quarter and stationed a guard outside.
They then retrieved “something” from the Princeton’s helicopters which meant they could not fly.
“I couldn’t tell you what it was they had taken,” he added.
“But they took something that meant we couldn’t fly our aircraft until we got them back.
“There was something that they had taken off our aircraft that, whatever box it was, they logged it out and it was directed by a higher authority to take it.
“There was no way we could safely fly our aircraft in a battle group.”
The US veteran said this mysterious group of officials then left the ship by a RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) and forced the USS Princeton to harbour at a marina, something that was unheard of.
“I’ve done a lot of cruises in my time in the military and never once did we pull in during a work-up to a harbour for any reason whatsoever,” he continued.
“I’ve never even seen a ship anchor in the mouth of the harbour.
“And that was because you guys couldn’t fire helicopters because they took something off them.”
Dave Beattie, hosting the show, linked this removal of information to claims there is more footage of the UFOs out there, which Ryan agreed with.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that these guys were looking for data on the UFOs,” the veteran added.