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Aliens Are (Probably) Not Harassing the U.S. Navy

Unidentified flying objects have been interacting with military ships with alarming frequency. Congress is right to take the issue seriously.

The truth is out there.

The truth is out there.

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It almost certainly isn’t aliens. And yet …

In recent years, videos have been making the rounds online of strange aircraft surrounding U.S. naval vessels, often in ostensibly secure waters. The unidentified craft make surprising (and sometimes outlandish) maneuvers. In some cases, they seem to emit no exhaust, display no obvious means of propulsion, and evade American pilots with apparent ease. In one 2015 incident, which the Pentagon has confirmed, fighter pilots scrambled from the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group express bafflement as a fleet of mysterious objects seems to surround them.