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originally posted by: 0bserver1
a reply to: Blaine91555
Yeah, only this one doesn't even come close to the original picture I provided.
However, upon close examination of the photographs, the objects purported to be UFOs seemed to resemble target balloons.
A Freedom of Information Act request confirmed that the Trepang was engaged in weapons tests while on the cruise in question. So the objects certainly could have been target balloons. The periscope photos show crosshairs, as if the objects were being targeted. That detail does not resolve the question of UFOs vs. target balloons, but would certainly support the alternate explanation.
USS Trepang UFO Pictures Apparently Show Balloon Target Practice
On the other hand, the PhotoShop evidence suggests a more nefarious scenario. Someone may have decided to have a little fun and pass the photos off as images of UFOs. Then he or she could sit back and watch the fun. The Trepang photos are illustrative of the necessity of being careful when being presented with visual evidence of strange things in the sky. Things are often not what they appear to be without context and factoring in the desire to believe. The recent technology of photoshopping makes for added caution.
There is a possible explanation for the photoshopping evidence, that may be explainable. First, let me say that The Black Vault long has concluded that these photographs did not depict UFOs. I believe (and still) they the photographs probably are real (or most of them are) and probably depict Naval Weapon tests and targets. But we have to keep in mind that these photographs were originally put onto the internet, given to research Alex Mistretta, after being scanned from the magazine.
Arctic UFO Photographs, USS Trepang, SSN 674, March 1971