UFOs Seen From USS Edenton in North Carolina (1986)

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A U.S. Navy serviceman on the USS Edenton ATS 1 ship (now decommissioned) brings us a fascinating tale from the time he was standing on the bridge and observed a group of UFOs back in the summer of 1986.

The Sighting

The USS Edenton was at sea and about 50 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, when the serviceman noticed four red orbs in the night sky at around 11pm one evening. The orbs were hundreds of yards apart but in formation and together formed what appeared to be a square.

While he at first considered the possibility that they may have been aircraft, the orbs were too large for them to have been ordinary running lights. Had they been aircraft running lights, it would also have been expected for them to change color, from red to white or green, but no such change occurred. He estimated the lights to be around 20 degrees above the horizon and approximately a mile from the ship itself.

The lights appeared stationary and seemed to have materialized out of thin air with no preceding events leading up to the sighting. The serviceman reported the incident through the ship’s wire to the officer on board and while at first greeted by laughter, the officer eventually responded seriously. As an avid watcher of the night sky, the serviceman would have been intimately familiar with seeing many different kinds of aircraft, as well as planets and shooting stars.

As the serviceman relayed his sighting to the officer, the lights began to disappear – shooting down towards the horizon shortly after he had given his report. The bottom two lights went first, followed by the top two, moving in a curved motion with no sound emanating from them.

It later became known that the conning officer and everyone else on the bridge had witnessed the UFOs and since the lights were observed by a number of the crew, the event was logged.


Half an hour after the sighting, the radiation detection system on board started making a loud clicking noise. It indicated that the ship had taken a hit of 385 roentgens within the space of about one minute. At this stage, the captain was awoken and informed of the situation. Unimpressed by the presence of a UFO sighting in the ship’s log, he at first reasoned that the radiation detection system had malfunctioned. However, the system had been checked and calibrated the day before. Other meters on the ship had also given off the same reading, making a false reading unlikely.

For the remainder of the night, nothing was said regarding the incident, but it was an event that stuck by the serviceman who felt compelled to share his story with the world. We are glad he did.

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