The US Navy has said three videos taken by a US rock star and UFO enthusiast can, in fact, be classified as “unidentified” objects.
The government department acknowledged the videos, which were released by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge and were reportedly shot in 2004 and 2015.
“The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,” US Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told The Black Vault, a civilian archive of government documents.
Mr Gradisher added that the term ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ is used by the Navy to provide a basic description for sightings of objects in the air that had not been authorised and could not be identified.
The three videos in question showing the ‘unidentified’ objects had previously been published by The New York Times.
Two of the videos were reportedly taken on the same day in 2015.
The footage taken in 2004 shows US fighter pilots coming across one of the objects near San Diego.
"It's a f****g drone, bro," a pilot says to his colleague in the first clip. “There’s a whole fleet of them. Look on the ASA.”
"My gosh! They're all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots out of the west.”
"Look at that thing, dude!"
You can watch the footage below:
The publisher of the website where the Navy spokesperson’s comments were published said he was taken aback by the admittance.
“I very much expected that when the US military addressed the videos, they would coincide with language we see on official documents that have now been released, and they would label them as ‘drones’ or ‘balloons’,” John Greenwald told Motherboard.
“However, they did not. They went on the record stating the ‘phenomena’ depicted in those videos, is ‘unidentified’. That really made me surprised, intrigued, excited and motivated to push harder for the truth.”
The Navy’s acknowledgement comes after it officially changed its policy to make it easier for personnel to report strange sightings in the airspace.
“The Navy and USAF [United States Air Force] take these reports very seriously and investigate each and every report,” Mr Gradisher told Motherboard earlier this year.