Mystery Drones of the SOCAL

CGI From “The Nimitz Encounters” film by author
Deck Log from USS Chafee Dec 2004. As part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, the ships returned for air operations training the month after Cdr. Fravor’s encounter.
(July 25, 2019) Eastern Pacific. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), middle, and the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) transit the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Olympia O. McCoy/Released)
U.S. Navy Photo EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 24, 2019) STG2 Williams records video for the SNOOPIE team during a counter-UAS exercise. Source USS Kidd Public Facebook
U.S. Navy Photo EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 24, 2019) “OFM system. during a counter-UAS exercise.” Source: USS Kidd Public Facebook Group — Own Force Monitoring system antenna scans the area for stray RF emissions. To help prevent adversaries from obtaining electronic intelligence ELINT.
AGIS of 7/14/19–7/15/19 using AIS GPS
L3Harris Mark 20 Electro-Optical Sighting System — Photo Courtesy L3Harris website
(July 7, 2019) Fire Controlman 3rd Class Gavin Buckner, from Oroville, Calif., observes the Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59). Russell is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Corona/Released)
Photo Caption — July 2019 Eastern Pacific. USS Kidd crewmen manually fire M242 25mm Bushmaster chain gun autocannon during live-fire exercise — (U.S. Navy Photo. Photo credit: not given)
Reported Speed 100 MPH, Flight time 4–6 hours. Photo: Screenshots from the WeChat account of NORINCO
The first and last message I received from a former USS Kidd sailor. Unfortunately, no one talked after I mentioned the July 2019 SOCAL.
Photo Caption: Lt (SG) Ross Myers, U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Circa 1980 USS Wichita — courtesy Ross Myers
Released email between assumed Thrid Fleet investigator and FACSFAC regarding UAS operations July 2019
The navy officer even thanked me for revealing a problem of the missing deck logs
Example hand written deck log for USS Omaha July 19, 2019
The same page of USS Russel logs from July 15, 2019. Left was released in 2021, right released in 2022

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