12-16-1991… USS Kirk FF1087 – Pacific Ocean

From 1989 thru 1992, I was an operations and intelligence petty  officer in the United States Navy. In the fall of 1991, I was stationed on the  USS Kirk FF1087, in Long Beach, California. From October 91 thru January 92, we  were part of a drug interdiction force, along with three other naval  vessels.During our drug interdiction operations, we would sail roughly 350-400  nautical miles off the west coast of South America. Our four ships, within the  task force, would sail roughly 150 nautical miles apart from one another, in a  straight line. Our air radar stream would just slightly capture the land and the  entire task forces air radar would interlink, creating a large and connected air  picture, ranging roughly 700-800 nautical miles long. Our primary mission was to  track, contact, intercept and take control of low flying aircraft (drug  carriers) coming out of Columbia, Panama and Guatemala.On occasion we would  intercept board and seize sailing vessels, which we knew were drug carriers.  Similar to the movie Clear and Present Danger, we were in direct communication  with a DEA special agent on land, which would contact our ships via a secured  and encrypted communication device. The actual call sign of our agent on land  was “Iron Manvel”. As an operations specialist, my primary duties took place  within CIC or the Combat Information Center. CIC was the central nervous system  of the entire ship. Within CIC, we could fight, navigate and control the entire  ship. CIC was manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On the USS Kirk, there were  roughly 22 Operations Specialists. We would work in two, 11 man shifts. Each  shift would last 12 hours each. We called it a port and starboard shift system.  At approximately 0200 hours, on December 16th, I was on CIC Duty. There was  literally nothing going on within CIC, and all ships within our group were  sailing as noted above. The air and surface radars were clear, with the  exception of our sister vessels steaming in line. As things were quiet and slow,  I took the liberty of departing CIC and made my way up to the ship’s bridge.
During the evenings, naval ships sail in a status called darkened ship. All  lights on the exterior of the ship are out, and the only lighting on the bridge  is contained dark lighting from radar scopes and navigational devices at the  helm. During this time of night, a junior officer would be in command of the  bridge and he was referred to as the officer of the deck (OOD). On this  particular evening, the OOD was a good friend of mine, and he and I were having  a discussion about a football game. All of a sudden and out of nowhere, like a  huge flash from a camera, emanating from the starboard bow sea level upward was  a huge flash of red glowing light, which lit up our entire ship. It only lit up  our ship, not the surrounding ocean, just our ship. It happened so fast, that  the OOD, the navigator and I were speechless for about 5 seconds, at which time  I looked at the OOD and asked him if he just saw that light. He stated yes in a  sullen voice. I then asked the navigator and he replied yes. I then took the  navigator’s sound powered headset, and asked the forward and aft look outs, if  they had just seen the same red flash, to which the forward look out stated,  “YES! WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?” Aft lookout said yes as well. I then immediately  contacted CIC, and asked the CIC officer if we had any aircraft or surface ships  in our vicinity, to which he replied clear as a whistle. I asked if we had any  submarine activity in the area, to which he replied, no. At this point I looked  at the OOD and asked him if we should wake up the captain or as we would call  him, The Old Man. The OOD sat there stunned for a minute, as did I and everyone  else. What had just happened did not make any sense. The flash emanated from the  sea, directly off of our starboard bow (like it was touching our bow), and  ascended upwardly so rapidly, creating the effect of the bright red flash. The  other weird aspect of this event was that only our ship was lit up within the  red flash, not the surrounding sea, but our vessel only. The OOD elected not to  wake the captain, and the entire incident was logged in our ship’s log as an
unexplained phenomenon. Up until this event, I did not believe in UFO’s or  USO’s. I have no doubt that our ship, steaming along at 12 knots, came right up  on a submerged unidentifiable aircraft. I don’t think the aircraft or USO had  any idea we were sailing up to them. I think whatever it was, took off in a very unplanned and fast manner, and wanted to quickly identify us, thus the flash. I hope you find my account to be one that matters. I have debated for many years,  whether I should share my account of what happened that morning. I have always  felt that the event was extraterrestrial in nature. Respectfully submitted by  GMV.