The United States Department of Defense has released three US Navy videos showing ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ from November 2004 and January 2015.
The videos had previously been circulating online after unauthorised releases in 2007 and 2017.
The Pentagon say that the release of the footage is to clear up any questions about the authenticity of the clips.
In a statement, the DOD said: “The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017.
“The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos.
“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.
“DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.
“The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as “unidentified.”
In the clips, which can be viewed at the top of this article , an unidentified object is seen rapidly moving while being filmed on an infrared camera.
In two of the videos, service members can be heard reacting to how quickly the objects are moving, with one speculating that it could have been a drone.