The Pentagon has formally released three videos taken by Navy pilots that show interactions with "unidentified aerial phenomena."
The videos — one from 2004 and the other two from 2015 — originally became public after unauthorized leaks in 2007 and 2017, according to Sue Gough, a spokeswoman form the Defense Department.
"After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena," Gough said.
The 2004 incident occurred roughly 100 miles out over the Pacific, where two fighter pilots on a routine training mission were sent to investigate an unidentified object that a Navy cruiser had been tracking for weeks.
The pilots found an oblong object about 40 feet long hovering roughly 50 feet above the water that quickly descended when approached.
"It accelerated like nothing I've ever seen," one of the pilots told The New York Times in 2017.
The pilots were roughly 40 miles out from a rendezvous point around 60 miles away when the ship radioed and said the object was already there, having crossed the distance "in less than a minute," according to the pilot.
The other two videos show an incident from 2015 with objects moving rapidly and rotating mid-air. One pilots in the footage says it might be a drone, while another person says that "there's a whole fleet of them."
"They're all going against the wind. The wind's 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing, dude!" the first person said. "It's rotating!"
Gough said the department was formally releasing the videos to provide clarity.
"DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos," Gough said. "The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified.'"