Following the surprising revelation that the Pentagon has been secretly investigating reports of unidentified flying objects submitted by military personnel since 2007, the Department of Defense released footage from just such an encounter that took place a few years before the “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program” was launched.

In 2004, Navy Commander David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were flying a standard training mission off the coast of San Diego in their F/A-18F Super Hornets when they received a surprising call over the radio. According to Fravor’s account, which he relayed to the New York Times after they broke the story of the Defense Department’s UFO investigation arm, the call came from an Operations Officer aboard the nearby Navy cruiser, the USS Princeton; they wanted to know if the pilot’s aircraft were armed with air-to-air weapons systems.

Fravor explained that his Super Hornet was carrying only Two CATM-9s, which are dummy missiles used in training to approximate the changes in flight dynamics one can expect when carrying heavy munitions, but are not launchable.

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said.