Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Documents on Unidentified Submerged Objects or USOs

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Documents on Unidentified Submerged Objects or USOs

Background

According to the NAVY, the NCIS has the following mission:

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the federal law enforcement agency charged with conducting investigations of felony-level offenses affecting the Navy and Marine Corps – that is, crimes punishable by confinement for more than one year.

NCIS also performs investigations and operations aimed at identifying and neutralizing foreign intelligence, international terrorist, and cyber threats to the Department of the Navy.

In addition, it provides warning of threats and specialized defensive force protection support to U.S. naval forces around the world.

Recently, I requested a copy of all NCIS investigations, which involved USOs and other unidentified objects found in the water.

To my surprise, some documents came up.

They can be downloaded below:

Declassified Documents

 Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Documents on Unidentified Submerged Objects or USOs  [54 Pages, 8.9MB]

 Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Documents Forwarded to Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet  [11 Pages, 3.1MB] – Additional records were released in September of 2016, however, not quite the intention. Still interesting, and archived for reference.

In addition, as you can also see from the FOIA response above, one document was transferred to another agency for review. The determination, was that it was “non-responsive” to my request. However, if it was responsive, it would be classified. Here is the exact wording below of their response:

08/02/2016 04:13 PM
FOIA Request: DON-NAVY-2016-008233

    This is a final response to your FOIA request (reference above) addressed to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for information related to investigations of UFOs and USO’s.  On July 21, 2016 the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) informed you that in response to your request NCIS forwarded one document to ONI for review and direct response back to you. 

     ONI’s review of the document referred determined its content is not responsive to your request.  Additionally, had this document been responsive then pursuant to Executive Order 13526, Section 1.4(c) it would be exempt from disclosure in accordance 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(1).  Exemption (b)(1) of the FOIA protects  classified information that if released could reasonably be expected to result in damage to national security by disclosing sources and methods currently used today. 

     You have the right to appeal this determination.  To exercise this right, forward your appeal within 60 calendars days from the date of this email to the Department of the Navy, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, ATTN:  FOIA APPEALS, 1322 Patterson Avenue SE, Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066.  A copy of your original request and a copy of this email must be included with your appeal.   

    There are no fees associated with processing your request.  As the FOIA Manager I am ONI’s point of contact for this request.  I can be reached at 301-669-2048 or by email at jwatson@nmic.navy.mil.

 J. D. WATSON

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