The Navy has many long-standing traditions that it has kept alive throughout the years. As I’ve mentioned before, I particularly favor the seas stories from older sailors that served in a different era. A few of these tales are completely unbelievable and with fair reason (they’re rather farfetched). However, that does not make them any less interesting, and a lot of the time; the stories themselves are worth taking in with a grain of salt. I do, however, think that they add a lot of flavor to the Navy and listening to them makes time go by faster. But, believe me when I say that listening to retirees is hilariously enjoyable.
This particular tale comes from an older gentleman by the last name Defrank (redacted for privacy), and he served aboard the U.S.S Eisenhower Unidentified Flying Object on the Flight deck
Deployments are usually full of uninteresting sights. When all you can see is water from every direction, there isn’t a lot to speak about. But, the Eisenhower was apparently not an average ship as one peaceful night it suddenly had an unexpected shift in General Quarters (GQ). While normally GQ drills are scheduled and happened at specific intervals, everyone on the ship had a rough awakening as the alarms started ringing. Everyone took to their battle stations, as expected… except for one sailor. HT3 Defrank who decided he wanted to investigate the source of the commotion. Went he went to the flight deck, HT3 Defrank witnessed an event that changed his life. There was an unidentified flying object in the flight deck, and it had been hovering for a few seconds above the ship before it landed. After the UFO had landed, it apparently didn’t take long before it left the ship, but he had witnessed it with his own eyes. Defrank claims the event was all swept under the rug (and perhaps it was), but the event is strange for multiple reasons.
For starters, it’s important to understand that Hull Techs don’t normally work on (or near) the flight deck, but apparently, HT3 Defrank had enough time to travel from the lower levels of the ship to the upper portions. Secondly, if this had been real and the event was to be swept under the rug, it doesn’t explain why nobody noticed the lone seaman looking at the UFO from the opening in the flight deck or how nobody else tried to make contact. It’s just one of those mysteries that will forever make part of the Eisenhower’s history I suppose…
There are many legends that surround CVN-69, but its tales continue to live on through the stories told by those who served aboard it. It’s been active for a good amount of time and as such it’s had its fair share of sailors who’ve retired from it and continue to speak positively of it. To this day it’s still making headlines with the most recent events being French police officers accidentally stowing away in it, and a baby being delivered while the mother was onboard the ship. Laid down in the 1970’s and finally commissioned in 1977, the Eisenhower prides itself as the finest 5-Star Aircraft Carrier in the fleet.
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