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‘Advanced technology’ Scientist calculates how fast UFOs filmed by US Navy really are

'Advanced technology' Scientist calculates how fast UFOs filmed by US Navy really are

Alien or not, UFOs are zipping around in our skies and the US government has acknowledged as much. On June 25, the US Pentagon published the findings of its investigation into more than 100 unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs – military jargon for UFOs. Many of these UFO sightings were made by US military personnel and have been leaked to the internet over the years.

One such sighting saw the light of day in 2016 and was only acknowledged by the Pentagon last year.

The video appeared to show US Navy pilots chasing down a “strange craft” off the US East Coast.

A pilot can be heard in the video yelling out: “What the f*** is that thing?”

The UFO stood out for its bizarre flight patterns, “glowing aura” and seeming disregard for the laws of physics.

Pilot Chad Underwood, who recorded the encounter from his Navy F-18 fighter jet, dubbed the UFO ‘Tic Tac’.

He went on record and said it was unlike anything he has ever seen in his life.

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In 2019, the pilot told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer: “It was just behaving in ways that aren’t physically normal. That’s what caught my eye.

“Because, aircraft, whether they’re manned or unmanned, still have to obey the laws of physics.

“They have to have some source of lift, some source of propulsion.”

The Tic Tac, as far as he could tell, did none of that and soared from altitudes of many thousands of feet to just a few hundred “in like seconds”, which the pilot argued “is not possible”.

But Tic Tac is not the only UFO that has defied all conventions – it is one of many objects reported and recorded over the years.

To better understand just how truly incredible these objects are, a team of scientists has devised a tool calculating their speeds.

The so-called UFO Travel Calculator calculates UFO speeds by applying engineering and aeronautical principles to what very well may be “advanced technology”.

Hosted on the Omni Calculator Project, creator and mechanical engineer Rahul Singh Dhari told Express.co.uk many of these UFOs’ characteristics could not be replicated by our modern-day technology.

This does not mean the UFOs are alien; after all the Pentagon’s report found at least one sighting could be explained by a balloon.

However, Mr Dhari thinks UFOs can be taken much more seriously if we look at them through the lens of science and engineering.

He said: “This calculator considers the UFOs as flying objects of some advanced technology and takes it on from a design engineering perspective.

“Like with our modern aircraft, I have tried to design them from essential variables – like wing loading and thrust to weight ratio.

“Based on those parameters and certain assumptions, we can try to estimate their speeds.”

You can visit the UFO Travel Calculator here, to see for yourself how fast these objects travel.

Using the tool, you can pit one of many known UFO types against conventional propulsion systems like the RD-0146 rocket engine.

The flying saucer-shaped Tic Tac, for instance, is estimated to weigh more than 47,000 pounds (21,320kg) with a span of 44.6ft (13.6m).

Armed with a single engine of unknown origin, the spacecraft could hit speeds of more than 11,800mph.

At such speeds, a journey between London and San Francisco – 5,351 miles – would only last 27 minutes.

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For comparison, a regular passenger jet would take just under 11 hours to cover the trip.

A triangular-shaped UFO armed with a single mystery engine, on the other hand, is estimated to reach top speeds of 5,196mph.

This type of UFO would take approximately one hour to fly from London to San Francisco – 91 percent less time than a regular jet.

Mr Dhari created the UFO Travel Calculator with his colleague, mathematician Dr Anna Sczepanek.

A key takeaway from the project is that it would be nigh impossible to recreate these mystery craft and propulsion systems using the technology at our disposal.

According to Mr Dhari, there are “several reasons” such as health and safety as well the lack of powerful and sustainable engines.

He said: “I think the cost to develop and build something is steep given it needs a lot of new technologies from structural safety and propulsion standpoint – especially from a travel flights perspective: Imagine flying a much faster Concorde.

“The environmental impact also needs to be evaluated: the climate crisis becomes a massive factor before any project like this even takes off the drawing board.”

As far as the Pentagon report is concerned, Mr Dhari said it is was groundbreaking to see it published.

The publically released report only contained nine pages of a much more detailed and classified document.

But its arrival earlier this year was seen as a very big deal by people involved with the UFO community.

Even if the US intelligence agencies did not reveal the existence of aliens, some experts think it is telling they have not ruled it out either.

Mr Dhari and his colleagues, meanwhile, see the report as a good source of information and data for future research.

He said: “I find it intriguing to know what might come out of it.”

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Navy blazers, stripes and flag scarves for Team USA in Tokyo

Navy blazers, stripes and flag scarves for Team USA in Tokyo

Ralph Lauren built a personal air conditioning system into a white jacket for flag bearers at opening ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.

NEW YORK — The Team USA flag bearers in steamy Tokyo will likely be the coolest members of their packs.

Ralph Lauren has built a personal air conditioning system into a roomy white jacket to be worn by the yet-unannounced athletes who will have that honor during opening ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics, the company said Wednesday.

The technology disperses heat from the wearer’s skin through a fan device at the back of the neck, with a lightweight personal battery controller stashed inside. It’s akin to how large computers are kept cool.

“The more we can think about our personal space and personal thermal dynamics, that’s the future that we’re all going to have to think about,” said David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s son, vice chairman of the company’s board, and chief branding and innovation officer.

The rest of the team will walk in tailored navy blazers made of U.S.-grown wool, a red Olympic patch on one breast and the company’s Polo Pony emblem on the other.

They’ll wear a horizontal blue-and-white striped T-shirt dyed in a process that uses less water, chemicals and energy, slim blue denim pants and a flag-print scarf.

The athletes’ striped belts are made of recycled plastic water bottles. A patch on the back of the pants is a nod to leather alternatives, this one made of plant-based materials and agricultural byproducts free of synthetic plastics.

And Ralph Lauren didn’t forget the masks. They’ll be solid navy in cotton with a tiny American flag on one side.

The company went for crisp white looks with red and blue accents for closing ceremony uniforms to be worn by more than 600 Olympic athletes, along with the Paralympians.

Team USA organizers wanted the athletes to “feel red, white and blue” at the world’s coming out party, Lauren told the AP ahead of the formal unveiling.

The sentiment comes amid growing concern over the spread of COVID just days before the Games open July 23. The Paralympics are set to begin Aug. 24.

“They wanted products that were completely sustainable, completely future-oriented and completely about innovation,” Lauren said via Zoom.

The parade uniforms were made in the United States. Ralph Lauren has been outfitting Team USA since 2008.

At a downtown Polo Ralph Lauren store in New York City, Olympians Daryl Homer and Peter Westbrook recently showed off the Tokyo looks for the AP, stressing comfort and recalling the thrill of their past marches with the American teams during the Parade of Nations.

Homer, a silver-medal-winning sabre fencer, will be making his third Olympic appearance in Tokyo. In 1984, Westbrook was the first African American to win a medal (bronze) in the sport and served as flag bearer. He now trains Olympic fencing hopefuls.

Westbrook recalled his Olympic walk as an overwhelming feeling of unity and pride.

“And then, the creme de la creme, you have to fight one another. With love,” he said. “It’s the most beautiful thing one can experience.”

Homer called the uniforms “very comfortable, very breathable,” though the much-discussed beret each American athlete received for the London Opening Ceremony in 2012 was one of his favorite Olympic pieces.

“I think this is my second favorite,” he smiled.

It was at the London Games where Ralph Lauren took some heat for decking out the U.S. athletes in uniforms made in China.

Team attire — but not the cooling element in the flag bearer jacket — is available at select Ralph Lauren stores, department stores, and online at RalphLauren.com and TeamUSAShop.com.

Homer tried on the flag bearer jacket and loves the concept.

“If you can cool yourself, why cool a room? I think that’s a really cool thing,” he said.

The five-year stretch rather than the usual four between Olympics has been challenging for Homer, along with the pared-down fanfare and pandemic protocols planned for Tokyo, he said.

“Everyone’s really anxious to get out there to compete,” he said. “One of the positives is the next Games in Paris is three years, in 2024. But right now I just want to be present where I am.”

Associated Press video producers Joseph B. Frederick and Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this story.

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Russia sparks panic as armed fighter jets 'harassed' Dutch navy frigate in Black Sea

Russia sparks panic as armed fighter jets 'harassed' Dutch navy frigate in Black Sea

The Russian defence ministry said it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent the frigate from entering Russian waters, according to news agencies. The Russian military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel and in line with international regulations.

The Netherlands’ defence ministry said the Russian actions took place over the span of five hours on June 24 and violated rights to free use of the sea.

The frigate, Evertsen, was sailing with Britain’s Carrier Strike Group, including HMS Defender, which was carrying out a patrol in the area at the time.

Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten called the Russian action “irresponsible”.

She said in a statement: “The Evertsen has every right to sail there.

“There is no justification for this kind of aggressive act, which needlessly increases the chance of accidents.”

She indicated the Netherlands would raise the matter with Russia at the diplomatic level.

The Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that it had scrambled fighter jets and bombers to prevent a Dutch frigate from entering Russian waters in the Black Sea, Interfax news agency reported.

The military said the warplanes flew at a safe distance from the vessel.

The Netherlands’ defence minister said earlier on Tuesday that Russian fighter jets armed with air-to-surface missiles had harassed a Dutch navy frigate in the Black Sea earlier this month, conducting mock attacks and jamming communication systems.

 

Abour 20 planes and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet and the Southern Military District were involved in drills in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet press service announced on Tuesday.

A statement said: “Crews of the Black Sea Fleet planes and helicopters and an air force formation of the Southern Military District carried out training with divisions of S-400 missile systems and Panzir missile systems to test the combat readiness of the Crimean Peninsula’s alert force and air defense systems.”

The latest incident comes a week after Russia claimed HMS Defender had been forced to retreat after a Russian ship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs – with the UK denying Moscow’s version of events.

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GOP senator jams up Pentagon pick over Biden’s Navy plan

GOP senator jams up Pentagon pick over Biden’s Navy plan

In a statement to POLITICO, Wicker blamed the White House and professional budgeteers for undercutting Navy plans to significantly expand the fleet that have the support of shipbuilding boosters on Capitol Hill.

“Congress provided the Navy the authority and direction to pursue a block buy of amphibious ships to save hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars and help to stabilize the industrial base,” said Wicker, who did not mention the hold on Blume in his statement. “But the Biden Administration has chosen to ignore this direction and the advice of Navy and Marine Corps leaders in its recent budget and shipbuilding plans. The United States doesn’t need bureaucrats putting their ‘armchair opinions’ on warfighting above those of our men and women in uniform.”

Acting Navy chief acquisition executive Frederick Stefany recently suggested the four-ship contract might come in the fiscal 2023 budget submission, though that decision is contingent on the results of a new fleet assessment that will be conducted this summer and fall — in part by the same CAPE office that Blume has been tapped to lead.

Stefany told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Seapower subpanel on June 9 that the Navy had reached a “handshake agreement” with shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries for the four-ship procurement to happen possibly by 2023.

“It’s not a done deal,” he said. “It’s going through the process within the department for a final decision.”

Wicker, whose state of Mississippi is home to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula that builds Navy destroyers and amphibious ships, is an advocate for increasing the size of the Navy to at least 355 ships and warned that Biden’s budget proposal “doesn’t get us anywhere near back on the path to do that.”

The block buy would involve one America-class and three San Antonio-class amphibious ships.

The Mississippi Republican, like many defense hawks on Capitol Hill, has slammed the Biden administration’s $ 715 billion defense budget request as underfunding the military’s needs. He’s called out the Navy’s failure to fund a second destroyer and execute the block purchase of amphibious warships, which Pentagon officials have chalked up to tough budget calls.

Wicker needled Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the flat budget at a Senate Armed Services hearing this month, blaming “bean counters” at the White House Office of Management and Budget for limiting Pentagon resources.

“While we appreciate the suggestion by OMB budget crunchers, it is our obligation to defend this nation, and this proposed budget does not do so,” Wicker said.

A Senate aide said Wicker wants the Pentagon to agree to follow through and agree to execute the package deal Congress authorized before the authority for the block purchase expires in the fall, but warned the potential savings would diminish over time if the deal is delayed. Once the Pentagon seals the deal, lawmakers will be able to allocate money to begin work on the new ships in annual defense policy and spending legislation.

The amphibious ship bundle has drawn bipartisan concerns in the Senate. Wicker and Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine sent a letter to Austin in May urging him to act immediately, extolling the budget savings and certainty to the shipbuilding industry the deal would provide. The pair warned that inaction “is causing uncertainty in the already-fragile industrial base.”

Blume was part of a raft of nominees approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 10, but the full Senate must consider them before they can be confirmed. Included in the vote was nominee for Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, whose nomination has also been placed on hold by several senators.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) — Senate Armed Services Committee members — and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) slapped procedural holds on Kendall this month. Warren is looking to extract several ethics pledges from Kendall, who previously worked for Raytheon and sits on the board of directors of Leidos. He has also consulted for various defense companies. At the same time, Peters opposes the Air Force’s decision to pass over Michigan’s Selfridge Air National Guard Base as the location for a new international training center for the F-35 fighter.

Also awaiting a full Senate vote are Heidi Shyu for undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, Jill Hruby for administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Frank Rose for principal deputy administrator of the NNSA, Deborah Rosenblum for assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense, and Christopher Maier for assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict.

The two holds come as the Biden administration slowly fills in political appointees across the government, and as the Pentagon works on a new National Defense Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review, both of which are expected to be released next year.

The hold on Blume also comes at a critical time as the military rushes to modernize and innovate with new technologies to stay ahead of Chinese and Russian advances in areas such as hypersonic missiles, electronic warfare and long-range precision weapons. Blume has been working as CAPE’s acting director since Jan. 20, and played a role in the fiscal 2022 defense budget request, the Biden administration’s first.

Blume had previously served in the Obama administration as deputy chief of staff for programs and plans in the office of the deputy secretary of defense, and was also director of the Center for a New American Security’s Defense Program until January.

Asked about the holdup, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said, “we are eager for the Senate to act on all our pending nominees. …This certainly would include Ms. Bloom, who is eminently qualified to direct the efforts of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. The Secretary looks forward to serving with her.”

Overall, the Navy sought to buy two amphibious ships in the fiscal 2022 budget request, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship along with an America-class amphibious assault ship.

The CAPE office was directly involved in last year’s “Battle Force 2045” shipbuilding plan put together by then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and was central to building the Navy’s fiscal 2022 budget submission. The plan has found few friends on Capitol Hill because it cuts the number of ships the service planned to buy and punts on any long-range reassessment of the fleet until 2023 or after.

The push for more amphibious ships — which can transport Marines and aircraft including F-35s to hot spots quickly — and frustration with CAPE have become increasingly intertwined.

On June 14, Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) introduced legislation to withhold 50 percent of CAPE’s budget until the Navy executes a “bundle-buy contract” for the four amphibious ships.

Packaging the ships in one large contract would save $ 720 million, they contend. “The Navy still wants these ships and has signaled they will build them,” Wittman said in a statement, slamming “faceless political bureaucrats” for kicking the contracts down the road.

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Russia warns UK and US are ‘tempting fate’ sending Navy to Black Sea – tensions high

Russia warns UK and US are ‘tempting fate’ sending Navy to Black Sea - tensions high

Tensions flared between Britain and Moscow on Wednesday after the HMS Defender sailed near Crimea. A state media broadcast issued the chilling challenge to the US and UK, warning Russia will defend its border by any means.

Moscow’s Defence Ministry told the US and UK it was ill-advised to approach the coast of Crimea.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, the ministry’s spokesperson, told the Pentagon and the Royal Navy “not to tempt fate in vain”.

He added the HMS Defender was “not more than a target” for the Black Sea fleet’s defences.

More than 20 Russian aircraft and two coastguard ships shadowed the British warship as it sailed near Crimea.

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On Wednesday, Moscow claimed one of its patrol ships fired warning shots near the HMS Defender.

Russia’s Defence Minister also claimed jets dropped bombs in the ship’s path as it sailed around 12 miles away from Crimea.

The UK Government rejected Russia’s account of the incident and denied that any warning shots had been fired.

The Ministry of Defence added in a statement: “We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity.

“No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path.”

A BBC correspondent described hostile warnings over the radio as the warship’s crew prepared for a possible confrontation, disputing the Government’s claims.

Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister, also threatened the UK and US, suggesting the West is failing to accept Crimea was part of Russia.

He reiterated claims Russia was ready to defend its borders using all means, including military force.

On Friday, he said: “What can we do? We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law.

“If this does not help, we can bomb not only in the direction but also on target, if our colleagues do not understand.

“I warn everyone violating the state borders of the Russian Federation under the slogan of free navigation, from such provocative steps, because the security of our country comes first.”

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Despite internationally recognised as part of Ukraine, Russia claims Crimea as its own territory.

In 2014, Russia annexed the peninsula, sparking international outrage with fears of conflict with Ukraine still present.

In April, Moscow warned of a conflict after more than 100,000 troops amassed near Ukraine’s border.

US President Joe Biden recently held a summit in Switzerland with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Biden revealed he told Mr Putin of the USA’s “unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, but added “no threats or scare tactics” were issued.

Boris Johnson was asked about the HMS Defender’s route on Thursday, and insisted he believes “it was wholly appropriate to use international waters”.

In an outright challenge to Russia, the Prime Minister added: “By the way the important point is that we don’t recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea.

“This is part of sovereign Ukrainian territory.

“It was entirely right that we should vindicate the law and pursue freedom of navigation in the way that we did, take the shortest route between two points, and that’s what we did.

“We don’t recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea, it was illegal, these are Ukrainian waters and it was entirely right to use them to go from A to B.”

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Bombshell UFO report released! US cannot explain over 100 sightings by pilots and navy

Bombshell UFO report released! US cannot explain over 100 sightings by pilots and navy

On Friday, the Pentagon released its report of UFO and UAP sightings by military personnel. Out of 144 reports made by pilots and naval forces since 2004, only one could be explained by investigators.

The interim report said most of the 144 sightings came in the last two years following the US Navy introducing a reporting system for UFOs.

In 143 of all sightings, the report says they “lack sufficient information in our dataset to attribute incidents to specific explanations”.

But in a blow to extraterrestrial hopefuls, the Pentagon said there was “no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation” for the sightings.

However they did not rule out the possibility, and added UAP sightings “probably lack a single explanation”.

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Ahead of Congress receiving the Pentagon’s report into UAP’s, Senate members flagged concerns over national security.

Mark Warner, Democratic chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, told Fox 8 television: “If there are objects flying over military installations that could pose a security threat … [it] needs to be declassified and revealed to American public.

“If there’s something out there, let’s seek it out, and it is probably a foreign power.”

Marco Rubio, the Republican senator and vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said ahead of its release: “There is stuff flying in our airspace.

“We don’t know what it is. We need to find out.”

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Marik Von Rennenkampff, analyst in the state department’s bureau of international security and nonproliferation, also told The Guardian foreign powers would have had to undergone a breathtaking technological leap to be behind the UAP’s.

He said: “China has well-documented issues with basic jet engines, they rely on espionage to develop their most advanced weapons systems. So, I struggle with China having developed this.

“Russia has a defence budget that is a fraction of the United States, and much of its military infrastructure is crumbling so I struggle with that too.

“So if it is China or Russia, then that’s extraordinary.

“I don’t know how they did it, and it would be a monumental failure of intelligence collection on the part of the United States, orders of magnitude worse than 9/11.”

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WATCH: Russia release footage of 'Royal Navy warship chased out of Ukrainian waters'

WATCH: Russia release footage of 'Royal Navy warship chased out of Ukrainian waters'

Moscow claimed that warning shots were fired by Russian vessels at HMS Defender as it passed through the contested part of the Black Sea on Wednesday – an assertion dismissed by the UK Government, which said only that a routine “gunnery exercise” took place. Cabinet minister George Eustice said Moscow may have been trying to make a point, but stressed that the Royal Navy would be prepared to send another vessel through the waters, restating the UK’s position that Crimea is Ukrainian territory. Dramatic eyewitness accounts revealed the Type 45 destroyer was buzzed by Russian military jets and the sound of naval gunfire could be heard as it sailed from Odessa in Ukraine to Georgia on Wednesday.

Russia also claimed that four bombs were dropped in the path of the destroyer – something the Ministry of Defence said it did not recognise.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said “the inviolability of the Russian borders is an absolute imperative”, adding that it will be protected “by all means, diplomatic, political and military if needed”.

Asked what Russia would do if a similar incident happened again, he said: “We may appeal to reason and demand to respect international law.

“If it doesn’t help, we may drop bombs and not just in the path but right on target if colleagues don’t get it otherwise.”

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Mr Eustice told Sky News: “Under international law, you can take the closest, fastest route from one point to another.

“HMS Defender was passing through Ukrainian waters, I think on the way to Georgia, and that was the logical route for it to take.

“This is a very normal thing, it’s quite common actually. What was actually going on is the Russians were doing a gunnery exercise, they had given prior notice of that, they often do in that area.

“So, I think it’s important people don’t get carried away.”

The move has put a further strain on already difficult diplomatic relations between London and Moscow.

British ambassador Deborah Bronnert was summoned to the ministry of foreign affairs in Moscow after Russia accused the Type 45 destroyer of straying into its territorial waters.

Former Royal Navy chief Admiral Lord West accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of “playing to the home audience”.

The former first sea lord told LBC: “The bottom line is Putin is an expert at disinformation and his actions are very reckless, and we’ve seen that now for three or four years.”

He said Mr Putin’s behaviour is “appalling” and “there’s no doubt the Defender was asserting her right of innocent passage from one port to another”.

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Russia issued brutal threat to Royal Navy warship: ‘If you don't change course I'll fire’

Russia issued brutal threat to Royal Navy warship: ‘If you don't change course I'll fire’

The British warship was reportedly warned it would be fired upon unless it changed course. The dramatic encounter came as tensions continue to mount in the region.

More than 20 Russian aircraft and two coastguard ships were said to be shadowing the HMS Defender.

However, Moscow claimed the Royal Navy ship violated territorial waters near the disputed peninsula and opened warning fires.

The UK Government has rejected Russia’s account of the incident and denied that any warning shots were fired.

A BBC journalist who was on-board the British warship said hostile warnings were being issued over radio by the Russian forces.

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“No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path.”

On Wednesday night, Russia released footage filmed from one of its Su-24M attack jets, showing the HMS Defender sailing off the Crimea.

However, no shots were seen being fired in the footage.

The incident is the first time since the Cold War that Russia acknowledged using live ammunition to deter a NATO warship.

The HMS Defender’s Captain, Vincent Owen, said his mission was confident but non-confrontational and insisted he was maintaining course on an internationally recognised shipping lane.

The BBC’s correspondent on the ship, Jonathan Beale, claimed it was a “deliberate move to make a point to Russia”.

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UFO supposedly spotted near US Navy boat explosion – '100 percent proof'

UFO supposedly spotted near US Navy boat explosion - '100 percent proof'

On Friday, June 18, a powerful bomb was set off near the USS Gerald R. Ford by the US Navy off the coast of Florida. The bomb was so powerful it triggered a magnitude 3.9 quake, with the US detonating the bomb to see if its ship was ready for war.

While the mission was as successful as a detonation could possibly be, some eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists spotted something in the distance.

One alien hunter believes he spotted a “kilometre-long” UFO hovering in the background.

The claim was made by prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring.

Mr Waring claimed aliens were watching the event in order to learn more about humanity’s technology.

Mr Waring made the claim on his blog UFO Sightings Daily.

He said: “During the video, I quickly noticed a double disk UFO on the upper left of the screen.

“The UFO is huge, about 1km in diameter and is semi-hidden among the clouds, but still is noticeable.

“The UFO is seen in most parts of the video and is 100 percent proof that aliens are monitoring the US Navy and took a keen interest in this explosion test.

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Astronomer Chris Impey, from the University of Arizona, said most UFOs have “mundane” explanations.

He argued there are billions of objects in the space near Earth which are more than likely the inspiration for supposed UFO sightings.

He wrote in The Conversation: “Most UFOs have mundane explanations. Over half can be attributed to meteors, fireballs and the planet Venus.

“Such bright objects are familiar to astronomers but are often not recognised by members of the public.”

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Indian Navy on high alert for new China threat – Beijing military takeover Sri Lankan port

Indian Navy on high alert for new China threat – Beijing military takeover Sri Lankan port

China has provoked the ire of the Indian navy after Xi Jinping’s regime secured the construction of a new port city in Sri Lanka. New Delhi has responded cautiously to the move which could see Beijing project power into the Indian Ocean. India‘s naval forces are said to be watching developments in Sri Lanka closely amid growing tensions between the two rival nuclear-armed states.

WION correspondent Eric Njoka told the India-based network: “The Chinese are increasingly getting active in the Indian Ocean region.

“Their activities around Sri Lanka is under the scanner of New Delhi.

“The Chinese Navy taking control of projects in Sri Lanka and that could pose a threat to India’s maritime interests.”

It comes as the vice chief of India’s Navy said that his forces are very well prepared to secure the maritime boundaries of the country.

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Vice-Admiral G. Ashok Kumar told WION: “You want to analyze if it is a threat or not, it is a very difficult question.

“But the fact is that say when someone who is external to the region starts showing so much interest”

“Though they might have rational reasons for it because their energy source too permanently passes through these water.

He added: “If you look actually at multinational forces they are at any given time about 80 ships from various countries which operate in the Northern Arabian Sea.

China has been making recent inroads in Sri Lanka and recently secured plans for a reclaimed port city near Columbo.

This has led some to query whether the Chinese could take India by surprise in a possible naval clash.

Vice Admiral Kumar said the Indian navy has taken “a number of steps” such as the instalment of a “coastal security network.”

He added the country was looking to deploy further “enhanced surveillance” to monitor Chinese ship movements in the region.

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