Capt. Max Clark, the commanding officer of the Navy's USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, says his crew has an "obligation" to make certain that airspace is clear of UFOs, according to a new report.
Clark made his comments in a story posted by the Daily Mail on Thursday.
"From my perspective we have an obligation to make sure the airspace is clear, whether it's UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), this is part of the airspace," said Clark, who assumed command on Aug. 1, 2019.
"It adds another level of ... from a pilot's point of view, to see and avoid, and also our radar systems looking for things like that too, just to make sure everybody's safe."
His comments came after the Department of Defense confirmed it still has a video tagged secret that purportedly shows an encounter between the U.S. military and a UFO.
A report in Vice said the Navy confirmed the development while responding to a Freedom of Information Act request.
There have been several sightings of UFOs by military pilots, including an infamous 2004 encounter with F/A-18 Super Hornets near the Nimitz off the coast of California.
Some videos from the sightings, including the Nimitz one, have been released.
"I can tell you that the date of the 2004 USS Nimitz video is Nov. 14, 2004," a Pentagon spokesperson said. "I can also tell you that the length of the video that's been circulating since 2007 is the same as the length of the source video."
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