UFO enthusiasts and researchers are claiming that a set of U.S. Navy photos taken in the Arctic region in 1971 show a large alien UFO flying over Arctic waters. The emergence of the set of photos has generated some excitement in online alien and UFO forums, with many declaring that this could be the definitive proof of alien UFO presence on Earth.
The images shown below are believed to have been taken in March, 1971, from USS Trepang SSN 674 submarine, during a voyage from Iceland to Jan Mayen Island in Norway.
It is unclear whether the images are of the same UFO, but alien and UFO enthusiasts believe that they are evidence of alien presence in the Arctic region at the time. Some UFOlogists have speculated that the aliens were probably hunting for oil in the region.
However, some experts believe that the photos only give evidence that the U.S. military was secretly testing aircraft in the region. Some commenters have pointed out that the supposed cigar-shaped UFO looks remarkably like the Aereon 26, an experimental aircraft that was being tested in the early 1970s.
But others dispute the claim.
According to Black Vault, Alex Mistretta, a paranormal investigator, saw the images after they were first published by Top Secret, a French paranormal magazine. Mistretta said he obtained information from privileged sources that the pictures were taken from the U.S. Navy submarine USS Trepang SSN 674 in 1971, and that the commanding officer of the submarine at the time was Dean Reynolds.
Express notes that U.S. Navy records confirm that USS Trepang was, indeed, in the Arctic region at the time, and that Rear Admiral Dean Reynolds Sackett, Jr., a native of Beatrice, Nebraska, commanded the ship from August, 1970, to December, 1973.The photos were classified "Top Secret" at the time they were taken. According to Mistretta, one of the photos was inscribed with the words, "Official Photograph. Not to be Released. CT."
Another photo was inscribed with, "Unauthorized Disclosure Subject. Security Certificate SSN 674. Criminal Sanction."
An online debate ensued whether all the photos were of the same UFO, and at least one UFO enthusiast proposed that the images were of a single shape-shifting object.
"These look like the real deal. Possibly a shape changer which accounts for so many, yet actually a single object.
Some UFOs can function through and under water quite well.
Makes sense I still put money on fracking connected to them."
Commenting on the images, a UFO expert, Nigel Watson, author of UFO Investigations Manual, noted that "airship" or cigar-shaped UFOs have been spotted in many parts of the world since the late 19th century. One of the earliest notable sightings was during a polar expedition in 1908.
According to Watson, the frequency of sightings in the Arctic has led to speculations that aliens have a UFO base in the Arctic region.
"They are an odd selection of pictures that feature types of UFOs that have been regularly spotted by witnesses in all parts of the world.[Images via Black Vault, U.S. Navy]
Airship or cigar-shaped type craft have been reported since 1896 when there was a great wave of 'phantom airship' sightings throughout the USA."