Footage from USS Zumwalt mystery drone swarm incident released

The footage was captured during an incident in 2019 involving multiple unidentified drones buzzing a US navy vessel.

Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) by The War Zone, the intriguing footage pertains to an incident that occurred on April 24th, 2019 at around 8:30pm PST.

The USS Zumwalt – an advanced US Navy destroyer – had been situated 17 nautical miles from the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton when it found itself being buzzed by up to six unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which reached heights of up to 1,000 ft.

The footage, which was recorded by a member of the crew, shows what appears to be a rectangular formation of white and green lights with a red light in the center.

The video is admittedly difficult to make out, not least because it was dark at the time but also because the footage is very unsteady and jumps around all over the place.

Still, it is certainly possible to see the object – whatever it is – in the center of the frame.

The big question, of course, is where these drones had come from and who was operating them.

The fact that six of them had turned up at once strongly implies that this was a co-ordinated event and there must have been a boat relatively nearby from which they had been launched.

Without a captured drone to examine, however, it will be difficult to know for sure who was responsible.