UFO Sightings 2019: US Navy To Set Guidelines For Authorities To Study Sailors’ Encounters

The Pentagon seems realizing the relevance of reports by military personnel about sightings of unidentified flying objects. The U.S. Navy plans to issue new guidelines for its personnel to report encounters with any "unidentified aircraft."

The service branch wants to encourage sailors, pilots and authorities to actively report and analyze each one of the encounters. The Navy said the guidelines come amid the growing number of unidentified aircraft being observed around military facilities and other areas, Futurism reported

"There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated airspace in recent years," the Navy said in a statement.

However, Navy officials did not directly cite UFO sightings as the main target of the guidelines. But it noted it will seriously study any sighting of any unknown aircraft. 

"For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report," the Navy said. 

The Pentagon previously tend to ignore reports of sightings of UFOs and other "unexplained aerial phenomena." With the new Navy guidelines, the Department of Defense will keep all information and require investigations.

DoD has yet to designate personnel or officials to conduct to review the data.

In 2017, the New York Times reported that the defense agency launched a project, called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, to lead studies of UFOs. The program received $22 million in funding. 

Luis Elizondo, a former senior intelligence officer, said the Navy guidelines will formalize the reporting process, support data-driven analysis and remove the stigma from talking about UFOs.

Over the past years, military pilots claimed they saw small spherical objects flying in formation. Some personnel described the objects as white, Tic Tac-shaped vehicles flying without any air intake, wind or exhaust.

“We want to get to the bottom of this. We need to determine who’s doing it, where it’s coming from and what their intent is,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare at the Navy, told The Washington Post. “We need to try to find ways to prevent it from happening again.”