May 26, 2021
Retired U.S. Navy Chief Master-at-arms Sean Cahill was aboard the USS Princeton conducting training exercises off the coast of San Diego in November 2004 when he and his crew witnessed what has come to be known as the “Tic-Tac UFO Incident.”
The New York Times reported in December 2017 that “Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the USS Princeton, a Navy cruiser, wanted to know if they were carrying weapons.”
“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.
The radio operator instructed Commander Fravor and Commander Slaight, who has given a similar account, to investigate.
Fravor and Slaight flew toward the object, the report said:
Hovering 50 feet above the churn was an aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape. The craft was jumping around erratically, staying over the wave disturbance but not moving in any specific direction, Commander Fravor said. The disturbance looked like frothy waves and foam, as if the water were boiling.
Commander Fravor began a circular descent to get a closer look, but as he got nearer the object began ascending toward him. It was almost as if it were coming to meet him halfway, he said.
Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object.
But then the object peeled away. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said in the interview. He was, he said, “pretty weirded out.”
At 2:20 in the video below, the object made an abrupt 90-degree turn to the west.
Cahill and Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, joined CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday night to discuss what the military calls unidentified aerial phenomena.
Asked why this is worth discussing, Mellon replied, “Because we’ve had recurring violations of U.S. airspace by unidentified vehicles that are very capable, in some cases, more capable than anything in our own inventory. This has been going on for years. The truth is just emerging.”
Cahill told Cuomo, “The technology that we witnessed with the tic-tac was something we would not have been able to defend our forces against at the time. … What we saw on the tic-tac and what [Pentagon UFO whistleblower] Mr. Luis Elizondo describes as the five observables indicate a technology that outstrips our arsenal by at least 100 to 1,000 years at the moment.”
“First of all the aircraft had zero control surfaces, it had no means of propulsion that we could detect,” Cahill explained. “It moved at hypersonic velocities and it preceded the pilots to their cap point, so it seemed to have some knowledge of where the pilots were headed ahead of time and we don’t possess those abilities to do that in our arsenal at the moment.”
“We don’t know what this is and it’s here,” he added.
Cuomo asked the men why the military is suddenly paying attention to UAPs now.
Mellon said there had been no hostilities, but that these vehicles are becoming increasingly bold. They’ve been “swarming around warships off the coast of California, swarming around strategic missile defense bases in Guam. … It’s something we need to take seriously.”
“We’re spending billions looking for extraterrestrial civilizations. We’ve got spacecraft that have already left the solar system. It’s possible somebody found us before we found them,” Mellon said.
The Western Journal reached out to Robert L. Schroeder, the author of the book “Solving the UFO Enigma: How Modern Physics is Revealing the Technology of UFOs,” to get his take on the situation.
Schroeder said via email that he is “quite sure these military sightings are real since they include visual, radar and infrared data and the Navy fighter pilots and radar operators are highly trained.”