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  • The Pentagon has previously disclosed intriguing photos showing unidentified aerial phenomena flying above US warships in 2019
  • Last month, during a hotly-anticipated Congressional hearing into UAP and possible UFO sightings, military officials said some sightings had been explained
  • On Friday military intelligence website The Drive published new information, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act, about the sightings
  • The found that, off the coast of southern California, there were 10 encounters with suspicious drones from March 30, 2019 to July 30, 2019
  • On July 15, 2019, two US warships – the USS Paul Hamilton and the USS Bunker Hill – reported being followed by drones from a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship
  • The warships radioed the ship, MV Bass Strait, but received no answer: Bass Strait’s owner-operator, Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin, has not commented
  • Other incidents saw drones launched by ‘local fisherman operating personal quad-copters’, and by pleasure craft that failed to respond to radio messages 

Warships from the U.S. Navy sailing off the coast of California in 2019 were swarmed by drones from a nearby Hong Kong cargo ship on multiple occasions, the Navy has revealed. 

The incidents were all reported between March 30, 2019 and July 30, 2019. Seven different vessels were involved.

One of the warships reported in their official memo that the Hong Kong ship was observing them, noting: ‘MV Bass Strait likely using UAVs (unidentified aerial vehicles) to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces’. 

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The drones have long been a source of intrigue, and last month, during an eagerly-anticipated Congressional hearing on ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’, or UFOs, officials said they had solved some of the mystery.

The Zumwalt crew took this photo, showing drones flying overhead on April 24, 2019. It is unclear where the drones were launched or who was controlling them

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The Zumwalt crew took this photo, showing drones flying overhead on April 24, 2019. It is unclear where the drones were launched or who was controlling them

The USS Paul Hamilton took this photo on July 15, 2019, of the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, MV Bass Strait, which they believe was controlling drones flying over their vessel. The crew did not respond to their contact

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'MV Bass Strait likely using UAVs (unidentified aerial vehicles) to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces,' the crew of USS Paul Hamilton noted in their report

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‘MV Bass Strait likely using UAVs (unidentified aerial vehicles) to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces,’ the crew of USS Paul Hamilton noted in their report

The USS Paul Hamilton logs, obtained by The Drive, show that, on July 14, 2019, the night watch reported seeing possible drones. The SNOOPIE team began investigating at 5:11am on July 15

The USS Paul Hamilton logs, obtained by The Drive, show that, on July 14, 2019, the night watch reported seeing possible drones. The SNOOPIE team began investigating at 5:11am on July 15

On Friday, website The Drive published information, obtained through Freedom of Information requests, giving more detail about the encounters.

They found that twice on July 15, 2019, warships reported drones overhead that they suspected were being flown from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, MV Bass Strait.

The first encounter was reported by the USS Bunker Hill, which observed as many as 11 drones nearby.

At 4:15am they called their SNOOPIE team – Ship Nautical Or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Exploitation team – to monitor the sightings. SNOOPIE is comprised of sailors who are trained to take photos to document unusual sightings.

Bunker Hill saw that MV Bass Strait was nearby, and radioed them to establish contact. But the ship’s crew did not respond.

The drones were recorded flying as high as 21,000 feet. In the internal documents, obtained by The Drive, the drones are described as ‘quadcopter style UAS’ – unmanned aerial systems.

The drones were last seen by the ship overhead at 10:40am.

That same morning, the USS Paul Hamilton, en route to Long Beach, California, summoned their SNOOPIE team at 5:11am.

They spotted the MV Bass Strait 6,200 yards, or 3.5 miles, away and recorded multiple drones overhead.

In their report, they concluded that ‘MV Bass Strait likely using UAVs (unidentified aerial vehicles) to conduct surveillance on US Naval Forces’.

By HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

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