Breaking News: Alex Mistretta Reporting on the USS Trepang USN 674 – Updated

Exclusive for Fade to Black by Alex Mistretta,  Director of Field Investigations UPARS and FADE to BLACK contributor.

I’ve been an investigator for many years, covering many unusual subjects around the world. in that capacity you develop sources, connections, some very well placed. One of these sources alerted me to a series of pictures that had never been seen before, and were released anonymously to a French paranormal magazine called Top Secret. I’ve heard this type of story before, so I’m cautious but always optimistic. I checked it out, and it got my attention. I also realized that no one was actively researching this case yet, so I took it because I wanted it. I obtained versions of the photographed and released them via several outlets.

The story behind the photographs was that an American Submarine, the USS Trepang USN 674, under the command of Admiral Dean Reynolds Sackett, came upon this unidentified object in the Arctic and took a series of photographs. The source of the photographs claimed that these were taken in March of 1971, in the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Iceland and Jan Mayan island. The USS Trepang was in the area on a routine test run, with various standard scientific goals. The story goes that the object was initially spotted through the periscope by a John Klika, which resulted in that spectacular series of photographs I starting me on this investigation.

That’s it, not much to go on, and yet a lot of leads. I checked official Navy websites and the Trepang was real, and so was Admiral Dean R Sackett. Not only that, but I was able to confirm that the Trepang was indeed in that specific area in March of 1971, with Admiral Sackett and John Klika. Still, that didn’t tie the Trepang USN 674 and the Admiral to the pictures, nor did it assure that this wasn’t a hoax. Next step, was to find Admiral Sackett and ask him. Two hours later I had his phone number and email.

While this was going on, John Greenwald, asked me if he could put up the story of his website, The Black Vault. Thinking that getting the story out there on a larger canvas could bring leads, I agreed, and John has been invaluable in this investigation.

In the meantime, I had also spoken to Steve Murillo. I work very closely with Steve Murillo of UPARS on many cases, and Steve is an ex Navy pilot. As such I asked Steve if he could call the Admiral, hoping that the Navy connection might put the Admiral at ease. Twenty minutes later Steve was on the phone with the Admiral.

It was a five minute conversation in which the Admiral denied the story and stated, “I just saw Ice”. He was very gracious and polite, but firm and to the point, never once acknowledging the UFO subject. What was interesting, was that he did agree to take a look at the pictures and get back to us.

The conversation went as expected, which leaves us with several options. One, the story is true, and due to his security oath, Admiral Dean R Sackett is unable to talk. Which, by the way, I respect 100%. Two, the pictures are real, but the story is fabricated. This means that the photographs may have been taken by another sub at another time. My initial reaction was that the photographs represented a test of some kind, and these were official photographs of that test. This could include very earthly technology, as well as more unusual technologies. The last option, is that this a hoax, a very real possibility.

This investigation is in many ways in its infancy, the provenance of the photographs still need to be established, and they need to be further analyzed. All three of the scenarios I established above need to be equally considered. I have also obtained the list of the crew that was on board the Trepang, another avenue to be explored. Real or a hoax, this needs to be solved. This case may take time, but after all I wanted it.

Photos from the USS Trepang USN 674, 1971

UPDATE: Original Images with SYGMA Labels

There are 14 comments. Add yours

  1. 9th July 2015 | Mike says:
    Looks like blimps to me.
  2. 11th July 2015 | Steve says:
    If they are real, they are some of the best pics of UFO that have ever been seen!
  3. 14th July 2015 | Fran says:
    #7 looks like there is a staple through it... like a pamphlet or magazine.
  4. 14th July 2015 | Karen says:
    A couple of these photos look just like they were taken from a magazine. There are fold marks on some.
  5. 14th July 2015 | Debra says:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/luca-sofri/sygma-photo-agency-shuts_b_585502.html
  6. 15th July 2015 | Lyn from Oz says:
    I think their real. I think its a sailor with his box brownie taking pictures to proof what he was seeing! The heads on board can say I just saw ice which is a flip comment but hey he's covering his butt his sworn duty to the his government to toe the company line. AND not get eliminated in the mean time! They look like TRBs to me early models if the ones we see today in our skies.
  7. 16th July 2015 | Mike says:
    Funny Lyn. S.E.T.I is the only chance of us finding E.T. in our lifetime. Buy a bunch of cheap PCs and and get to crunching data!
  8. 17th July 2015 | sum guy says:
    thats because the pictures were taken from a magazine, have you guys not actually listend to any of the interviews or read the article at the black vault? every single one of them mentions that the pictures came from a french conspiracy magazine called top secret i beleive it was, the only pictures that dont have the staple marks or arent printed on magazine paper are the newest ones that the original wider shots where you can see the sides of the periscope
  9. 6th August 2015 | Gilles says:
    Hi from France. These pictures were received in a basic brown enveloppe at TOP SECRET magazine which talk about all unusual things happening around the world but it's not a conspiracy magazine they just open boxes and it's up to you to make your own idea on the subjects. Top Secret say that the photographs resist to any possible hoax. I agree that the photos are "Out of this world" and I told the magazine that I was surprised that such documents were sent to them and not to someone else like ... Larry King or Stanton Friedman. Hope Alex will find out more on that. See you, Gilles
  10. 12th August 2015 | Dino says:
    The background certainly looks like the open Ocean on a winter day.
  11. 12th August 2015 | Ernest.. says:
    the American Submarine, the USS Trepang USN :Has any one Look at these photographs using Different photographs filters Or inverted color My iPad has a inverted color switch On some photos other objects seem be present In the photo what eye can't. See in that spectrum The filters do Zoom in close .... Or I'm seeing thing ... ( AGIN -lol ) Check it out For your self
  12. 29th October 2015 | Gilles says:
    Hi All, Hi Jimmy, did you get more info from the crew or someone else ??
  13. 6th July 2016 | Jeff Philipp says:
    Most of those look like missiles being launched out of the ocean
  14. 10th September 2016 | Darow says:
    Those are Naval Gunnery Targeting Balloons. No Mystery here.

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