Three videos purporting to be military footage of mystery objects flying through the sky are genuine, according to the US Navy.
The clips were published over the last two years by the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science – a group dedicated to researching Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
The group was co-founded by Blink 182 singer Tom DeLonge, who claimed the clips went through a declassification review process and were approved for release.
One of the videos was from 2004, while the other two were recorded in 2015 and featured audio from US fighter pilots expressing disbelief at what they were seeing.
This week the US navy confirmed the footage was authentic and said the objects have been classified as unidentified aerial phenomena.
Spokesman Joseph Gradisher told NBC News: The three videos show incursions into our military training ranges by unidentified aerial phenomena. The Navy has characterised the observed phenomena as unidentified.
Mr Gradisher has disputed DeLounge claims that the clips had been declassified and said the Navy has no information on how they ended up in the public domain.
He confirmed the footage was captured by cameras in US navy planes but said the objects had not been identified.
He said that sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena were on the rise – and added that all of them were thoroughly investigated.
The Navy is reluctant to describe them as UFOs because of their association with extra terrestrial activity in pop culture.
Mr Gradisher said: Any incursion into our training ranges by any aircraft or phenomena, identified or not identified, is problematic from both a safety and security concern.
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