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Occurred : 5/23/1968 21:00 (Entered as : 05/23/68 21:00)
Reported: 1/22/2007 10:23:27 PM 22:23
Posted: 2/1/2007
Location: Azores (U.S.S. Monrovia),
Shape: Oval
Duration:90 min
USO sighting near Azores following USS Scorpion sinking

This it to possibly confirm a report of the UFO/USO sighting of 05/??/68 in the vicinity of the Azores following the reported sinking of the U.S.S. Scorpion and subsequent search operation.

I was aboard the U.S.S Monrovia APA-31, which was in route to Norfolk, Va., from a six month deployment in the Mediterranean.

At approximately 9 PM a large submerged object was sighted on the starboard side, just aft of the stern. The object was an elongated ovoid in shape, luminescent orange in color, and appeared to have a translucent quality. The USO matched several course and speed changes, and rendered compass, radar, and radio equipment inoperable.

As quickly as the object seemed to have appeared, it disappeared.

The length of the sighting was approximately 90 minutes and was witnessed by 1100 members of the crew and a contingent of US Marines.


I was on board the USS Zellars DD777 and my ship departed April 4th 1968. My ship arrived in the Med. sea before the Sub USS Scorpion exploded and sank. The USS Monrovia was side tracked and participated in the search for the Scorpion.

There is still a lot of secrecy of how the sub sank. Maybe connected to the object that Monrovia crew members saw?

I thought this might be of some interest. Many things can be seen on the open sea.



((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to the source for his comment above, and for the kind words about our work. PD))