This report was taken to obtain additional information regarding the 2004 USS Nimitz incident and the possible encounter of an unidentified aerial system while US fighter pilots were on an official training mission off the coast of San Diego. All personally identifiable information has been removed to protect sources and methods.
The "Source" of this report is a highly decorated and recognized expert in aviation and Navy combat flight operations with Top Secret clearance. There are also six "others knowledgable (OK)" that are referenced as being aware of the incident. OK-4 and OK-5, who were assigned to the follow-on cycle from the USS Nimitz on the same day, after the Source's encounter, reportedly saw the same object and were able to obtain brief FLIR footage. TTS Academy has obtained this footage, entitled "FLIR1," which you can watch here after reading this report.
To watch an interview regarding this event with Commander David Fravor, U.S Navy (Ret), who was also piloting one of the F/A-18F Super Hornets that day, please click here.