Out: UFOs. In: USOs

(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

While we continue to wait for the anticipated report to the Senate from the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force, you may have noticed a flurry of interest in the subject of UFOs in the media. In just the past week or so I’ve noticed articles on the subject in virtually every major newspaper and the news programs on all of the alphabet networks. With a few exceptions, this coverage hasn’t been riddled with X-Files music and giggling about “little green men,” either. The media is suddenly taking UFOs seriously. Obviously, some of us have been watching all of this and wondering what took them so long, but hey… better late than never, right?

The majority of the coverage deals with conversations about “things” that have been seen in our skies, particularly when they show up in restricted military airspace. But a different subject made its way into the headlines this week and it’s one that receives far less attention. Not all of the unknown “objects” are actually “flying.” Some of them are down in the ocean according to military sources. And they’re doing some remarkable things if the data being reported is accurate. The Navy has known about this for a while and they refer to them as “fast movers.” And they present yet another potential cause for alarm. (Express.co.uk)

The US Navy has picked up sonar data showing mysterious fast-moving objects underwater that cannot be explained by experts or current technology. Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan said that US Navy “has the data” to prove the bizarre encounters. Some of these encounters could be included in the US Government task force which is preparing to brief Congress on its UFO findings next month…

Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the new footage, Mr Rogan said: “Relevant to this video, an area we will learn more about is the interaction between US Navy submarines – nuclear ballistic submarines and attack submarines – picking up sonar contact of things moving at hundreds of knots under the water.

“There is an undersea dimension to this, on top of what the pilots are seeing above water.”

These fast movers have been reported inside the military community for years, but little information has surfaced in the general public. Also referred to as USOs (unidentified submersible objects), the phenomenon has reportedly been detected on sonar by submarine crews. Assuming the reports are accurate, some of these objects have been recorded traveling at speeds of hundreds of knots. (A knot is a nautical measurement of velocity equal to approximately 0.86 miles per hour.)

This presents a number of challenges to both the military and scientific communities. First of all, nothing is supposed to be able to go that fast in the water because of the far greater resistance it presents as compared to the air. The fastest fish in the world (including the sailfish and the black marlin) can manage to get up near 70 miles per hour. The real top speed of American fast attack submarines is classified, but it’s believed to be around 35 miles per hour. The Soviet Union had one that allegedly broke 50 miles per hour (briefly), but that’s a snail’s pace compared to the fast movers. The Brits have a torpedo capable of 70 knots and the Russians are allegedly playing with a rocket-powered one that goes even faster, but they both make a lot of noise that our sonar would pick up. Not so with some of the fast movers.

So what are these things? Tim McMillan published an article on fast movers last year, but it raised more questions than answers. One senior intelligence official confirmed that they have reports of “non-cavitational, extremely fast-moving objects within the ocean.” The “non-cavitational” part is important because it means that whatever it is, it’s not using propellers to power its way through the water.

Beyond that, we don’t know much of anything. People all over the world report seeing strange things in the sky because virtually everyone has the opportunity to look up. Views of what’s going on deep under the ocean are far more rare, generally restricted to oceanographic research scientists, the military, and James Cameron. Will the UAP Task Force report include any information about incidents involving USOs on top of UFOs? Color me skeptical. While the entire Pentagon leans toward secrecy whenever possible, the submarine service is among the most secretive groups imaginable.