1993: CONFRONTATIONS IN
THE NORTH ATLANTIC
"ENGAGING UNKNOWN UNDERWATER CRAFT"
UK UFO Magazine report May/June 1997
By Anthony Dodd
For decades, NATO forces flexed their muscles against
the Warsaw Pact, each nation conducting a dangerous
cat and mouse game of testing defences, both in the
air and at sea. At the height of the Cold War,
Soviet aircraft flew many intrusive flights into the
north Atlantic knowing they would be tracked by the
many NATO radar/listening facilities stretching from
Iceland down to Britain via means of ground, sea and
airborne means. NATO's response was (and still is)
swift and efficient in challenging the intruders.
The 'game' was also enacted at sea as Soviet
submarines regularly left their bases in the Barents
Sea in an attempt to enter the north Atlantic
undetected, but their movements were closely monitored
by NATO and the appropriate action taken.
Although the Cold War is now a thing of the past and
Russian air incursions are few and far between, NATO
remains watchful and ready to react at a moment's
It was during 1970 and 1971 that the Western Alliance
became increasingly concerned at a speight of
incidents involving UFOs over the north Atlantic Ocean
and the eastern coastline of Britain. As a result, a
highly secret operation was instigated to try to get
to the bottom of the mystery once and for all.
Operation Aeneid was a combined operation involving
the RAF, the USAF and members of the Royal Observer
Corps. It involved the establishment of secret
observation centres around Great Britain, including at
least four in Lincolnshire, that were constantly
manned throughout the Autumn and Winter of 1970 and
the Spring of 1971.
A number of UFO sightings were made, including one in
broad daylight off the Lincolnshire coast. The latter
involved an appearance by a huge UFO, reportedly 180
feet long and accompanied by numerous ball-shaped
objects that had a glass-like appearance. These spent
several hours hovering over the RAF bombing range at
Donna Nook and was witnessed by at least half-a-dozen
During the course of the operation, UFOs were
tracked on many occasions and fighter aircraft were
scrambled to intercept.
During one incident, two aircraft ordered to intercept
a UFO over the North Sea suddenly found themselves
confronted by strange unknown craft. In a separate
incident, a General Electric Lightning fighter was
scrambled from RAF Binbrook to intercept a UFO. Ground
Radar monitors had both the UFO and fighter on screen
when suddenly the two 'targets' merged into one before
separating again. Although voice transmission was lost
and later regained, the aircraft crashed into the sea
and the pilot was lost.
Wreckage was later recovered at sea by the crew of HMS
Kiddleston, but the pilot's body was never found. What
remained of the aircraft was later transported to RAF
Binbrook - which was unusual. Normally, all wreckage
from air accidents is taken to Famborough for thorough
investigation, but on this occasion the rules were
changed. Air accident investigators from
Famborough had to travel to RAF Binbrook to undertake
On their arrival at Binbrook, they found the wreckage
hidden behind a tarpaulin in a hangar; their usual
access to such wreckage was restricted; they were only
permitted to perform a cursory examination. They were
amazed to discover that many of the aircraft's flight
instruments were missing. Their removal had been
a serious breach of regulations and although told the
instruments would be returned, they never were.
The investigating team were constantly supervised by
five civilians, two of whom were Americans. After only
a few hours, the team were told their job was over, to
pack up their bags and go. The following day, members
of the team were summoned to the main office at
Famborough and told in no uncertain terms not to
discuss any aspect of the crash with anyone, not even
members of their own families. The reason? National
Since then, UFO activity has continued apace in the
North Atlantic and North Sea. In recent times, that
activity has been reported off the coasts of
Lincolnshire, Scotland, Belgium, Denmark and the south
coast of Iceland. 'Confrontations' have occurred
between elements of the NATO fleet and huge triangular
objects seen emerging into and from the sea.
On 20 December 1992, three UFOs were tracked coming
down and entering the sea off the east coast of
Iceland. The following day, Icelandic fishermen off
the north east coast were confronted by very large,
very fast, "moving underwater craft" which displayed
flashing coloured lights.
These USOs (Underwater Submarine Objects) appeared to
be accompanied by a glowing airborne object travelling
south towards the coast of Scotland. As the USOs moved
through the water they came into contact with and
damaged fishing nets. The fishermen concerned told me
they were used to submarine activity in the area, but
said these particular craft were definitely not normal
They moved too fast through the water, had flashing
lights, and were far larger than anything they had
seen before. The fishermen were so frightened by the
events they contacted Icelandic authorities who
immediately dispatched Icelandic Coast Guard vessels
to act as escorts.
On 23 December 1992, an Icelandic Coast Guard vessel
and two gunboats were ordered to take up station off
Langeness, an area where UFOs had been seen entering
the water. The operation was conducted in great
secrecy and I was told the crews felt very uneasy.
Their role was to observe and report.
A short time later, three American warships took up
station in the area and were eventually joined by a
fleet of NATO warships, including some from Britain.
A simple check with newspapers in the week leading up
to Christmas of that year will reveal the gathering
was described as a military exercise. Few bothered to
appreciate that it was extremely strange and unusual
for a massive NATO naval exercise to take place so
close to Christmas.
On 24 December 1992, the crews of two British 'Hunter
Killer' submarines were recalled from Christmas leave.
HMS Endurance and HMS Warrior put to sea to link up
with the NATO surface fleet. At the same time,
Icelandic Coast Guard vessels and gunboats were
ordered to take up station at Alice Fjord off the east
coast of Iceland.
British newspapers then put out a story that surface
ships had entered the area to track a very large
underwater craft, believed to be one of a new
generation of Russian submarines. I then received
further information from contacts that a further four
UFOs had been seen to descend and enter the same area
of sea. Icelandic sources also confirmed that the
entire operation was linked to tracking "unknown
underwater alien craft". Around this time, a
massive sea search was put into operation to locate a
surface vessel which had reportedly gone missing.
The search continued in great secrecy for several
days, but without success. Then, on 12 January 1993,
smaller Icelandic vessels had to take shelter at
Langeness Fjord because of appalling weather
conditions which continued for approximately three
weeks. The largest ships of the NATO fleet remained at
sea. By the 6 February 1993, the weather had improved
sufficiently for ships to put back to sea. Icelandic
Coast Guard vessels and gunboats were ordered to take
up their original positions on picket duty.
All was quiet at sea for the next few days, until
suddenly all ships in the area received a message from
the American Flotilla, comprised of three Destroyers.
The message instructed all ships to stand off and not
to approach any closer than three nautical miles. All
While outside the 'exclusion zone' ships radars
suddenly detected sixteen airborne objects which were
then visibly seen to approach the American vessels and
then hover directly above them.
Crews on outlying boat saw the brightly lit amber
coloured objects remain stationary for a short time
before they suddenly sped away in unison at great
speed. The watching crews were bemused and knew the
objects could not possibly have been helicopters, not
least because of the poor weather conditions and the
fact they were too far from land.
On 15 April 1993, all ships involved in the secret
operation were ordered to search for yet another
American warship which had gone missing. Only two
American Destroyers were now visible to the outlying
ships. The names of both the remaining American ships
had been removed and the crews were seen wearing full
"WE ARE ENGAGING UNKNOWN
Elements of the Russian Navy had now joined the
operation and were working in unison with the NATO
surface fleet at the mouth of the Barents Sea. On one
occasion radio communication between the Russian ships
were understood to say:
"We are engaging unknown underwater
On 16 April 1993, British newspapers carried the
headline, 'Joint American and Russian Military
Exercises About To Take Place'. They announced: 'For
the first time since World War Two, joint exercises
involving elite American and Russian troops are about
to take place on Russian soil. The area of operation
is said to be Siberia. The arrival point of the
American troops, was Tiksi.'
During the many months that followed, Icelandic
remained nervous and concerned as they repeatedly
strange aerial phenomena in the sky close to their
Tiksi is the nearest Russian Port to the area where
the naval operations were taking place. Due to severe
security warnings given to all personnel regarding the
leaking of information, no further revelations were
News about other incidents did continue to reach me
however, such as one that took place on 21 April 1993,
when the crew of an Icelandic Airlines aircraft,
travelling from London to Iceland, became aware that
two large balls of white light had joined them as they
passed over the coast of Scotland.
The bright "glowing balls" took up position on either
side of the aircraft towards the tail. The objects
maintained this position all the way to Iceland and
only when the aircraft began its descent to Keflavik
Airport did they depart.
During the many months that followed Icelandic
fishermen remained nervous and concerned as they
repeatedly witnessed strange aerial phenomena in the
sky close to their fishing grounds. On one occasion,
several tubular objects with "glowing blue-like
fluorescent lights" hovered over fishing boats who
then experienced a complete power loss for several
minutes. Eventually the objects disappeared and power
At 7.30pm on Monday, 12 February 1996, I received a
ship-to-shore telephone call from a fishing vessel in
the Denmark Straight, off the West Coast of Iceland.
HUGE TRIANGULAR CRAFT
The caller told me that a huge triangular craft had
appeared and was hovering low in the sky close to his
boat. At that precise moment the transmission was cut
Approximately fifteen minutes later the caller rang
again to say that all electronics on the ship had
suddenly failed. He told me that he and the rest of
the crew had seen the triangular object move away from
the boat then suddenly descend into the sea. The
moment it had disappeared all electronic power was
THREE HUGE BLACK TRIANGLES
At 9.00pm on Sunday, 18 February 1996, a further call
was received from a boat at sea. On this occasion the
caller told me that the whole crew were terrified
because three huge black triangular objects,
accompanied by three independent red balls of light,
had come out of the sea and were hovering silently in
the air close to their boats.
I asked if
the balls of light were connected to the triangles and
the caller said, "No, they are totally separate and
objects showing up on the ship's radar? "No, the radar
is not picking them up, but anyway the whole crew are
standing on the deck watching them."
objects close to the boat? "Yes, they are hovering
near the port bow, we're all scared."
hear any sound? "No, there's no sound coming from
any lights on the triangles? "Yes, there are small
lights on different parts of them."
said "The whole crew are out on deck watching them..."
the transmission was lost and the phone went dead.
time later the connection was restored and the voice
at the other end said: "The objects have now gone,
they all descended and went down into the sea."
At 3.00am on Monday, 19 February 1996, I received a
call from a fishing boat off the coast of Iceland.
said, "We have just been watching a gigantic sphere,
hovering in the air, not very far from our boats. It
slowly moved away from us and then descended and
disappeared into the sea. We have no idea what it
later the telephone rang again and once more it was
the same fishing boat.
now six, large florescent tube-like objects hovering
in the air close to our position. They are a blue
color and not making a sound. All these strange things
are making the crew very frightened, we don't like all
At 10.55pm on Tuesday, 23 April 1996, a further
telephone call was received from a ship fishing
200 miles south west off the coast of Iceland.
said, "You are not going to believe what we have just
seen. We were fishing fairly close to a group of
American warships and suddenly there was a blinding
flash of light and one of the warships just
disappeared in front of our eyes.
"I know it
sounds crazy, but I can assure you it happened a short
time ago. Soon after this an American boat came over
and ordered us and other fishing boats to leave the
area immediately. Our Captain didn't need any telling.
He told us to get our boat out of the area as quickly
as possible and to return to our base in Iceland. We
are now making our way back. The incident has upset us
all, particularly the Captain, he has retired to his
cabin with a bottle of whisky."
On Sunday, 19 January 1997. A large number of
UFO-related events occurred off the south coast of
Iceland. Reports were received of large numbers of
UFOs gathering over the sea. I can assure readers that
these reports were coming from ships at sea, witnesses
on the ground and from airline pilots.
On Monday, 20 January 1997, airliners attempting to
land and depart from Keflavik Airport were delayed
because UFOs were seen flying in civilian air
corridors. Only when the UFOs had departed were things
returned to normal. Recent information from our
Spanish contacts reveal that their fishermen have also
reported seeing huge triangular craft and other
objects coming out of the sea off the coast of Ibetha.
These are currently being investigated.
There is no doubt that these extraordinary events are
not something recent or new to the areas most
affected. They have been occurring since the early
1960s and appear to have continued unabated to the
present day. Thirty years ago, pilots and other
witnesses described amazing speeds and aerial
manoeuvres and cited their apparent ability to operate
equally as well in the oceans. Perhaps they are not
visitors from another planet, perhaps they have always
existed in the darkest, deepest depths of our oceans.
If so, could it be that their increasing appearance is
tied to the ecological damage we are inflicting on our
planet's surface, as well as in our oceans?
Speculation I know, but a possibility. On the other
hand, what if they are indeed visitors from another
planet? Why are they here and what are their
intentions? They act secretly and come and go like
shadows in the night, watching our every move. Why are
UFOs seen so often in the vicinity of military bases,
nuclear missile sites or in areas of military
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