The U.S. Department of Defense officially released three new UFO videos related to the "Nimitz" sightings in 2004, available for public download here.
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New UFO "Nimitz" Sighting Videos Released
The videos are intriguing but do not conclusively point to extraterrestrial origin. Two feature audio tracks from pilots that express incredulous surprise: "Look at that thing, dude." "My gosh," says one pilot. "They're going against the wind. The wind is 120 knots," remarks another, emphasizing the tenacity of the unidentified flying object.
The three new UFO video releases came amidst a novel resurgence of public interest in UFOs after the 2017 revelation that the U.S. government had spent $22 million from 2007 to 2012 investigating unidentified flying objects (or, as they're now called, "unexplained aerial phenomena), as part of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. While the specifics of the program's work remains ambiguous and lacking conclusive material, a February 2020 article from Popular Mechanics serves as a solid synopsis of the Pentagon's secret UFO program.
The US Navy's "Nimitz" UAP incident
These new videos come three years after the initial story broke at Politico and The New York Times that a new government office called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program had been set up, headed by a man named Luis Elizondo.
This is when the mesmerizing 2004 case of the USS Nimitz Carrier group first came to light. Operating off the coast of San Diego, California, the carrier group had tracked UFOs (or UAPs) for two weeks, when three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets saw a UFO and caught up to the phenomenon — hovering mere inches above the ocean surface, and moving the water around it.
A game of cat-and-mouse began — as captured on video by Raytheon Corporation's Advanced Targeting Forward Look Infrared (ATFLIR) sensor on one of the jets.
When contrasted with the older video above, it's not yet clear if these new videos signal increased federal funding for UFO studies. The videos are definitely interesting — but they don't exactly give the public new evidence beyond what was already available, according to Ars Technica. Those who already believe extraterrestrial aliens are among us will continue to believe — but for those of us who trust evidence, and want to believe, it's probably best to wait.