I was stationed on the yellowstone in the early 80s. the ship had 3 cranes, two traveling 120 tone cranes and one center line 220 ton crane, i was the main operator. i spent 85% of my time on deck, did not like to be below deck much. i saw the report of the lights in the water recently, and i know the seals had active operations/practice on the ship, i think those were the lights, i was present when they came aboard, they came aboard, no one saw them, they made it to the bridge and secured the captain. the object i witnessed was an air contact. one night i had midwatch, 1200-0400 hours, we were headed for puerto rico. i was positioned on the forward, starboard side of the ship. after standing watch for a while, seems like there may have been some time loss, it was just there, cant remember how it got there. i reported an air contact 35 degrees altitude and approximately 25 miles distance. it was a bright white ball a little larger than a golf ball at 25 miles. the reply on my headset was "good job, it's exactly 25 miles". at that time i replied "what the hell is it", the response from the bridge was, "shut your fffnn mouth and keep it fffnn shut" and i never brought it up again, and i dont recall several hours after that. lets rewind 2-3 weeks. i was below deck and was approached by a second class petty officer he asked me if i would be interested in becoming radcon qualified, i was perplexed because the ship ran on diesel engines, but said what the hell. sure. he brought me some really simple tests, i took a few and passed them. shortly after that the petty officer showed me the reactor below deck, there was a reactor on that ship, never saw anything like it, it was lit up and about the size of a small compact car just sitting there glowing white and there was red. i stopped taking the tests and never heard from that petty officer again or never saw him again. i never really put it together until recently that the reactor possibly had something to do with the object i saw, frankly i was 18 years old and really didn't give 2 shits. either way it seems like the same old crap, no witnesses no evidence nothing. dont get me wrong im very interested in your organization but it seems like your fighting a loosing batttle here. not much more i can say.