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Winter of 1979
Tuscaloosa is the ninth ship of the twenty ship Newport tank landing ship class, which replaced the traditional bow door design LST. Two derrick arms support a thirty-ton, 112-foot bow ramp for the unloading of tanks and other vehicles ashore, additionally, amphibious vehicles can be launched from the tank deck via the ship's stern gate and the ship's flight deck can accommodate most Navy helicopter types.
I recently saw a program about USOs in which you were interviewed [Deep Sea UFOs - History Channel.-CF-]. This is the first time I'd ever seen mention of the phenomenon in the media and it showed me I'm not so alone in my experiences.
Here's my story,
I served as a Seaman and later Boatswain's Mate aboard USS Tuscaloosa LST 1187 for 4 years, from 1976-1980. If memory serves correctly it was winter of 1979 and the ship was cruising solo in the South China Sea at about 17 knots, our typical cruising speed.
I was the Boatswain's Mate of the Watch and it was the mid-watch about 2:30 AM. The sea was like a sheet of glass and there was only starlight. The lookout stationed up on the signal bridge called down and said he saw something glowing in the water ahead of the ship. It being the time it was and nothing else going on, the OOD [Officer of the Deck.], JOD [Junior Officer of the Deck] and myself all put on the binos [Binoculars-CF-] for a look.
We all saw it and kind of looked at each other in amazement. There was what turned out to be five, large, long, vitamin shaped objects [dimensions given below would make them vitamin “capsules”.-CF-], lined up in a directly opposing course which would take them straight under the length of our keel.
They were approximately 100 feet long and 40 feet across with about 20 yards between them. They glowed the typical bright, bioluminescent green and at first we thought it was some kind of marine life but as the first one passed beneath the stern of the ship we lost power, steerage, the gyro and compass went wacky AND the chronometers and wristwatches stopped! This prompted the OOD to have the messenger fetch the Captain whose cabin was steps away.
By the time the skipper got on the bridge the front portion of the first object was below the bridge and we were hanging over the side for a look. The captain gave the helmsman orders but the wheel would not respond and the guys in the engine room could not explain why we'd lost power.
There was no pulsing or shape changes or any appendages nor fins. Just sleek, silent glowing lozenge shapes moving effortlessly directly below our hull in the opposite direction.
Somehow the ship just kept gliding slowly over the top of them and we just stared at them as they passed below while we all voiced our opinions as to what the heck it was....
On the bridge beside myself was the skipper, OOD, JOD, helmsman, EOT2 operator, man on the skunk board3, messenger, and a Quarter Master. I don't recall if the guys on the helm or EOT got a chance to see but for sure the CO [Commanding Officer], XO [Executive Officer], OOD, JOD, the two lookouts, at least one signalman, the QM [Quarter Master] and myself all got a very good look.
There was no more then 25 people awake at that hour aboard the ship and probably no more then 10 or so who saw what we saw.
It seemed to take several minutes for us to pass over them and they were wide enough and deep enough that they could be seen from both sides of the ship. The skipper was fairly calm and we were entranced by them and the spinning compass and gyro and stopped clocks. The XO wanted to go to GQ [General Quarters] but the skipper for whatever reason, said no and we just watched them pass. The lookouts both had an excellent view and when the lookout on the stern reported the last one had just gone past, the power came up, compass and gyro spun back to true and watches and clocks were running again...
The skipper gathered us up in a huddle and asked that we not talk about what had happened.
The Quarter Master asked the captain how he should make his log entry and they went into the QM shack for a powwow which I was not privy to, nor was I able to read the log later.
I don't recall any later conversations with any of the other witnesses or anybody mentioning their watches being a little slow either.... [Note: The watches referred to here would be wrist watches, and not a ship function.-CF-]
Originally posted by MidEastGui
My name is Rodrigo, I am a psychologist and I was with my father, in Angra dos Reis - RJ, on days 25, 26 and April 27, 2008.
I am fascinated by water. On entering the sea on the morning of Day 26 (Saturday), I used to swim goggles professionals in order to better see the beauty of the area submerged.
I decided to deviate a bit from the coast. Carefully, I went into the sea. But I was not very far. Actually, I very little away from the beach. Some schools of small fish accompanied me.
It was then that during a dive, met briefly, about a meter and half of me, an object that could not identify. In these hours, our mind begins to seek some familiar images. Initially scared enough. Then I thought being a big fish. I was scared and property. I looked more closely and finds not a fish, or bag, or float, or living water. I felt that the object observed, although it does not have eyes. Weird. Depending on the shock, overwhelm and nadei back.
The side of the beach, I was thinking about what could be. Only the end of the afternoon, I decided to go back and see a little more closely. Awesome. The object was in the same place, still. The water surface to the bottom, the length was approximately three meters. The object was in exactly half the length, ie one and a half meters from the surface to the bottom or the bottom to the surface. Never moved. Looks like a sphere, but it was not a sphere. Its shape was flattened, and the media about a half meter. His color was white. Looks like plaster. Not descended or climbed. It was not anything related to boats nearby. Nothing happening inside of the object. No chain.
I could not get close. He should not get too close. Back to beach.
In the morning the next day, very early, around seven o'clock, went to sea again. The sun already clear the sea. Back to the point, to check if the object is still there. But there was nothing else.
Not entered into hallucination. Nor was illusion. Just saw something mysterious, new, strange, never before seen by me.
The sea carries its mysteries. Many phenomena remain indecipherable. Other situations are no more than normal for scholars and specialists in seas and oceans. I am not sure what happened to me, which really did. May have been a mysterious phenomenon, or just something trivial that was not part of my knowledge. I only know that, before some people were bathing, I was probably the only one going through this experience during those days. Nadei and plunged toward the object. It was a call? One attraction? A contact? I do not know. But it was interesting and it was unforgettable.
The witness in this case desired complete confidentiality and I agreed. The text was obtained via e-mail and finally, corrections were done by phone as the witness called me directly. He was quite cooperative in answering all questions asked regarding this specific event and I feel that he is a creditable witness. –CF-
After all these years I still don't know what to make of it. As I stated before this would be the summer or late spring of 1983. We were doing what is known as work ups1 just prior to our ORE (Operational Readiness Exam) I worked in CIC (Combat Information Center) I was an operations specialist I think at the time I'd been an E-3 or early into being an E-4. We were just leaving port (Gitmo2) after doing a sea and anchor detail to assess our ability to navigate a mine field in a friendly harbor. It was late;
I'm guessing around 2 or 3 a.m. local. We had just secured from general quarters and the dog watch3 was set. We had personnel at the look out positions from our division for the sea and anchor detail (normally manned by the deck department during normal at sea operations) - sailors whom I would not be familiar with but these were our guys at the look out positions with binoculars and on the sound powered phones. I was on the SPA 74 radar CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) in SSSC (Surface Subsurface Surveillance Coordination) taking fixes of the Cuban coast and keeping track of all shipping both on the water and under.
We had 3 Men in SSSC including myself and one officer for a total of 4 witnesses, and 4 lookouts 8 in total. Every 3 minutes I would take a new round of fixes and the plotter would work our position and the other ships in company with us various positions, course and speed and the like.
At around 20 nautical miles south of the coast our lookout on the 010 level (superstructure) called out an air contact to the west or us, he claimed, “it was blinking 4 different colors" like a Simon game, blue, yellow, red, and green" he also gave me a distance of between 10 and 15 miles. I was on a surface radar so I switched the SPA 74 to a 48c air search radar and found a contact approx 18 miles to our west, and this contact was not "squawking and IFF" ( Identification Friend or Foe) which got our attention. Our officer called the D&T (Detection and Tracking) module to find out what they could. This is the air search side of CIC we had no aircraft airborne as we had secured flight ops for the night, but we did have an alert 154 tomcat [F-14] on deck. Of course, the Tactical action officer TAO was notified that we had an unknown bogey in the air not squawking, the alert 15 tomcat was activated.
Meanwhile all of the look outs were going absolutely crazy over this bogey the way it moved and changed course with the ship always keeping a position relative with our ship. I guessing that about 10 minutes into the alert the alert 15 fighter being activated, the bogey just disappeared, vanished off of radar, and visual, the alert aircraft stood down and was not launched. The ship took a turn to the west shortly after or before, I can't remember if we turned into the wind and headed west as a result or if we were suppose to head west for the next day of operations. The lookouts were still jumpy and seemed to be calling out every star they saw.
The ship secured from sea and anchor detail shortly after this, this is when it really gets strange. The deck department took over the lookout positions, our guys went to the racks (bed) and as I was being relived of duty I heard the look outs shouting about the sea being completely aglow with phosphoresce. I quickly left SSSC and headed for top side, when I got there right where the lookouts said was a trail of glowing water crossing the bow of the ship. Never have I seen the ocean lighted up like that in a trail it was so very bright going north to south! I had just left the radar and knew no ship had crossed our path.
All I could think of was that bogey was under the water toying with us. I have sailed every ocean, and I have seen phosphorescence on every tropical water but I tell you there has never been a sea like this one. It was a continuous glowing line very well defined and we sailed right across it. The next day our Lieutenant told us to forget about this and some things can't be explained (See below-CF-).
I remember the names of the men on watch that night but I have not been in contact with any of them in years, the last time that I talked to the Lieutenant (5 or 6 years ago) we both remembered this event like it was yesterday. I have since seen 2 UFO's independently of the Navy and am now convinced we either have some very black projects or we are not alone.
Carl, I would love to hear your input about this, I think of these things that I have seen quite a bit of late and can't help but be intrigued and alarmed. But mostly just very interested and wanting to learn more. Thanks for your time and patience.
This reference: E-mail received Jan. 22 and 27, 2009 from the witness. -CF-
In response to the above testimony, I sent a reply and asked the following: QUESTION: As the UFO went under the ship was there any noise or power fluctuations anywhere on the ship?
To which I received the following:
Perhaps I should clear up something; the ship went across the trail of glowing water that extended in front of us. The trail was out in front of us maybe 3000 yards when I saw it, as I came on deck. It was long, extending from the North to the south, I am guessing that because the trail was brighter to the south and more defined, and less bright and more diffuse to the north plus my eyes were adjusting to the dark for a few seconds. I was on the port side of the ship when I first arrived on the deck (south side) then seeing what the lookouts were talking about I went up on the flight deck to see more of this glow in front of the ship. From there at amidships port side I walked up to the flight deck, aircraft parked all around obscuring my full view so I quickly wended my way forward on the flight deck to the forward catapult area where I could see the sea in front of me. That is when I could fully see the entire line running from North to south. When the ship crossed the line I did not notice any unusual sound or power surge aboard the ship. Also the flight deck is a very dark place at sea when flight operations are secured so I would not have noticed any light or fluctuation of the power from my vantage point.
Originally posted by MidEastGui
Here is an amazing article about the USO cases of New Hampshire, the United States as follows:
New Hamsphire USO Sightings