Late last year, the Pentagon was forced to admit that they have been secretly funding a program that aimed at investigating military reports of unidentified flying objects, or as the Defense Department refers to them, AAVs — Anomalous Aerial Vehicles. The program, given the clunky title of “The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program,” was led by Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence officer. In October, he resigned in protest, citing his concerns about the threats possibly posed by these unidentified aircraft and the lack of resources being allocated to their investigation.

According to one report released by the Defense Department following this revelation, the Nimitz class’ namesake carrier and its accompanying strike group tracked intermittent radar signatures from these unusual crafts repeatedly between November 10th and November 16th of 2004. These radar signatures, which were all recorded from the waters off the coast of the Baja Peninsula of Southern California, seemed to show multiple crafts dropping from altitudes of 60,000 feet down to just feet above the water in a matter of seconds, where they would hover for a time before darting off in other directions.

After spotting these anomalies repeatedly for days, the Nimitz redirected a pair of F/1-18Fs to intercept and investigate one such radar signature as they returned from a routine training operation. The pilots reported visual contact with the craft from a distance of about one mile, according to the report. They described it as “an elongated ‘Tic Tac’ shape with a discernible midline horizontal axis.” The craft was “solid white, smooth, with no edges,” and they went on to report that it was “uniformly colored with no nacelles, pylons or wings.”