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Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.
Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Navy Arctic UFO photos allegedly leaked by anonymous source

July 15, 2015

Several impressive photos of alleged UFOs over the arctic captured on camera by the Navy in 1971 have been leaked to UFO researchers, and their discovery has been getting worldwide media attention.

UFO researcher Alex Mistretta claims that the images were originally given to him by an anonymous source in Europe. Later, he discovered that they were also published in a French paranormal magazine called Top Secret.

Two of the images from the French magazine Top Secret. The caption reads, "(Top) On this photo, we identify without a doubt a triangular-shaped UFO. It seems to be in trouble. (Bottom) If the order that we have chosen for these pictures is correct, the UFO here seems to now go sideways before plunging into the ocean…" (Credit: Top Secret/TheBlackVault.com)

Two of the images from the French magazine Top Secret. The caption reads: “(Top) On this photo, we identify without a doubt a triangular-shaped UFO. It seems to be in trouble. (Bottom) If the order that we have chosen for these pictures is correct, the UFO here seems to now go sideways before plunging into the ocean…” (Credit: Top Secret/TheBlackVault.com)

To further investigate, Mistretta enlisted the help of John Greenewald, who runs the website TheBlackVault.com. He asked Greenewald to post the pictures in hopes that Greenewald and others may be able to find out more about the images.

After posting the story last week, it began getting international headlines. A Reddit user that goes by the name SqizCat was also able to find higher resolution copies of the images.

The images are fantastic. They seem to be of large objects aloft over the ocean, some, if not all, taken from the periscope of a submarine. The big question is are they real, and if so, what are they?

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Alleged UFO photo taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971.

Visit TheBlackVault.com to see more of the images.

The Investigation

In his email to The Black Vault, Mistretta listed what his anonymous source told him.

  1. The photos were taken from a United State Navy submarine.
  2. The location was between Iceland and Jan Mayen island in the Atlantic Ocean. (Jan Mayen belongs to Norway, and is only inhabited by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian military.)
  3. They were taken in March of 1971.
  4. The Submarine was the Navy’s USS Trepang (SSN 674) and the Admiral on board was Dean Reynolds Sackett. Obviously, the next step is to try and locate this Admiral Dean Reynolds, if he exists.
  5. The Submarine came upon the object by “accident,” as they were in the region on a routine joint military and scientific expedition. Officer John Klika was the one who initially spotted the object with the periscope.

Greenewald looked into these claims and he says that he found that Admiral Sackett was onboard the USS Trepang at the time listed. He also found that Officer Kilka was also aboard. Further, he found that the USS Trepang was in the area the source claimed at the time the pictures were allegedly taken.

Map of the area the photos were alegedly taken. (Credit: google Maps/TheBlackVault.com)

Map of the area the photos were alegedly taken. (Credit: google Maps/TheBlackVault.com)

Image of the USS Trepang (Credit: Hullnumber.com)

Image of the USS Trepang (Credit: Hullnumber.com)

Mistretta wrote: “[Kilka] found the investigation interesting reading, and doesn’t know what the pictures represent. I believe them. I feel confident in saying the Trepang was not involved in the taking of the photographs.”

Although Mistretta now believes his source’s information to be inaccurate, Greenewald found clues that indicate the images may still be real, albeit not extraterrestrial.

Greenewald says, “When I first saw these, I noted there was something very Zeppelin-like about some of the photos, but, unlike the actual Zeppelin’s, it did not have a carrier for the occupants.”

By researching the USS Trepang’s whereabouts, he also found this on the site Hullnumber.com: “From 22 February to 22 March [1971], the nuclear attack submarine operated beneath the northern ice cap, conducting extensive tests to provide data for her weapons systems, as well as carrying out scientific experiments concerning the movement, composition, and geological history of the cap itself.”

This lead him to research test balloons. He searched the Library of Congress and found images of test balloons that look very similar to what is in some of the images.

A view of the H.M.S Canning and its observation balloon. – Image discovered by TheBlackVault.com. (Credit: National Geographic.)

A view of the H.M.S Canning and its observation balloon. – Image discovered by TheBlackVault.com. (Credit: National Geographic.)

Greenewald’s discovery makes it possible, if not likely, that the images are from test balloons being fired upon by Navy submarines. The images he found were from the early 1900s, so the question remains as to whether similar balloons were still being used in the 70s, or are the images colorized version of much older pictures. Given the misinformation that accompanied the images in the first place, it is also possible they are Photoshopped hoaxes.

Although the media has picked up on the story, few, if any, have mentioned the investigation work done by Mistretta, Greenewald, and Murillo. By leaving out this part of the story, they leave out the fact that many UFO researchers are more than just wild-eyed believers, as the media often portrays. Some are actually doing all they can to look for the truth.

Murillo’s UPARS organization will be hosting Mistretta to discuss this case on July 21, 2015 in Los Angeles. You can find more information on the UPARS Meetup site.

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  • Lex

    Horrible CGI, where are the original negatives?

  • anon

    Didn’t Bill Cooper say these are what he saw?

  • birdie87

    Isn’t the USS Trepang the sub that was involved in the military exercises that shot down TWA Flight 800 in 1996? Just sayin’…

  • Karen McCormick

    https://research.archives.gov/id/6430186 National Archive photo of Navy Admiral Dean R. Sackett. He’s real.

  • Ian MacLeod

    The 5th photo down from the top of this page taken from the USS Trepang in March 1971 seems pretty clearly to be a heavier-than-air-device of some sort. We know that “anti-gravity” technology exists, even though we’re apparently not to be permitted it’s use. The one blasting straight up out of the water could either be a cylindrical shape like a rocket or a disk from the side – which would make sense to reduce resistance from the water until they cleared it and got into the air. Very interesting, and thank you!

  • John Simard

    after serious consideration I am 100% sure all these pictures are fake…..sorry , too good to be true ,

  • John Aerdn

    I have been a sailor and know from looking at these that they are what we calle “mirages” or simply optical distortions caused by heat interacting with the ocean and tricking the observer. Very common in cold areas too where land is close to beyond the horizon. It is a reflection of the land.

  • Jim Wilberforce

    I’ve seen more of the mirages on the ocean then I can count. Anything that is tall enough sitting over the water will appear like its merely floating in the air. You can witness the curvature of the earth and with wives if you have a balloon like their target ship did. I’d be surprised if they didn’t take at least one photo where the ship the balloon is attached to was obstructed by a combination of waves and mirage.

 
 
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