A Royal Navy captain torpedoed his sailors claims that they saw a UFO during an exercise off the coast of Norway.
Men on HMS Manchester and other Royal Navy ships reported seeing the unidentified aircraft, but a key document that might have explained it disappeared.
Ministry of Defence investigators discovered the ship’s log covering the period was “blown overboard by a gust of wind” while the destroyer was docked off Norway.
The ship’s captain had no recollection of any UFO incident, but in September 2002 the former admiral of the fleet Lord Hill-Norton asked the MoD to explain.
He wrote that the mystery craft’s apparent appearance had “defence significance” and was tracked on radar by a Norwegian ship whose sailors were discussing it on their communications network.
The sighting was made between either October 26 to November 6 1998 or February 8 to March 3 1999.
There was no explanation why there was confusion surrounding the date.
Internal government discussion documents showed nothing was recorded on logs from the first dates – but the log for early February 1999 went overboard in Bodo.
Lord Bach was tasked to investigate the claims, and replied to Lord Hill-Norton: “The log was positioned, as is the custom, at the head of the gangway when the vessel was alongside in port, and an unusually strong gust of wind carried it overboard.”
He went on: “In light of the missing document, my officials have contacted the commanding officer of the Manchester at the time.
“He has stated nothing that could be remotely construed as an unusual event or sighting involving unidentified aerial craft occurred during this or any other of Manchester’s deployments while he was in command.”
No explanation emerged for what the sailors saw. Kens Note: The above photo is a rendering.
Special thanks to UFO Casebook.com and Wales on line.co.uk