May 19, 2022 I Micah Hanks

UFOs and the U.S. Navy, Redux: Details About Another 2004 Navy UFO Incident Have Recently Come to Light

In 2004, Navy personnel off the coast of Southern California became witnesses to an incident involving an aircraft of unknown origins operating during peacetime within U.S. airspace. The incident, which involved Carrier Strike Group 11 in service with the USS Nimitz, has since managed to play a significant role in reinvigorating the modern UFO debate.

However, the famous Nimitz incident appears not to have been the only UFO incident involving Navy personnel during the late months of 2004. New information has come to light that involves the testimony of several Navy personnel aboard the USS Ronald Reagan who similarly tell of an encounter with the uncanny that occurred the same year.

According to filmmaker Dave Beaty, who tracked down and interviewed several witnesses to the events in question, the story first surfaced in a blog post by one of the crewmembers aboard the Reagan at the time of the incident.

“I got a message from another researcher named Keith Basterfield, and he had come across this article that someone wrote. And it turned out to be one of the witnesses that has his own website, and he was writing about the USS Ronald Reagan sighting that he had.”

Beaty says the man, Karol Olesiak, now retired from the Navy, has become a poet and peace activist. However, Olesiak tells a remarkable story of seeing a strange object following the Reagan for a period of time one evening in late 2004 while sailing off the east coast of the United States.

According to Olesiak, “I saw an orange orb as big as a jet fighter keeping speed with us flawlessly as if it wasn’t moving at all.” He says he remembers the object remaining throughout the duration of his watch on the night in question, “which was four hours.”

“I wasn’t freaking out because the Officer of the Deck wasn’t freaking out,” Olesiak wrote at his blog. “Why general quarters wasn’t called I don’t know.

Olesiak also describes that “The calm on the bridge was uncanny,” and that conditions at the time of the incident seemed as if most of the Navy personnel aboard the Reagan had been aware, but essentially chose to ignore the object and simply go about their duties.

According to Olesiak and other witnesses who have since come forward, the object appeared to be a large, orange orb of light, although some descriptions describe the surface or other aspects of its appearance with minor variances.

But why come forward with such a story almost two decades after it occurred? For Olesiak, it had been because of the recent release of videos and testimony “of various UAP encounters coming out dubiously during a pandemic,” along with the fact that “my shipmates have wanted me to write about this,” but that Olesiak had worried about ridicule.

“I just didn’t see the good in making myself ridiculous,” Olesiak wrote, adding that what he and others saw “looks nothing like the things being recorded by pilots on gun cameras,” referring to three now-famous U.S. Navy videos depicting unidentified objects. One of these videos, filmed by pilot Chad Underwood and depicting the now-famous “Tic Tac” seen during the USS Nimitz incident, occurred just months before Olesiak and his shipmates had their encounter. 

For Olesiak, reflecting on the strange incident after all these years raises more questions than it does answers, and even causes him to wonder about how things like this could relate to reality itself.

“Coming back to this incident 15 years later,” Olesiak wrote in his original post detailing the encounter, “I think it speaks more to the nature of reality than alien life visiting to bring us gifts.”

“Nick Bostrom’s assertion that we might be living in a simulated universe holds more credence when you experience something like this,” Olesiak adds.

Olesiak’s encounter became the focus of an investigative effort by filmmaker Dave Beaty, which he has recently brought attention to in a feature article with detailed accounts provided by several witnesses and video interviews with some of the main participants.

“The USS Ronald Reagan encounter of 2004 is both profound, and also perplexing,” Beaty says. “UAP cases are often criticized based on the lack of physical evidence, and this case is no exception.”

However, Beaty also sees the USS Ronald Reagan incident as slightly different from other high-profile military UFO encounters being discussed today.

“What sets this encounter apart, however, is the sheer number–and quality–of the witnesses. Among their qualifications, most had received training as lookouts to spot known aircraft.”

Speaking with Beaty recently, he said that the new revelations about another case which, by now, is almost two decades old, only shows how often these multiple witness encounters really take place. And in the future, he hopes more of them come to light.

“I’m really looking forward to what happens in the future with this topic,” Beaty says.

Micah Hanks
Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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