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Skywatch: HMS Shetland in encounter with massive

From: skywatch@wic.net (SKYWATCH)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 16:01:21 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 23:18:17 -0400
Subject: Skywatch: HMS Shetland in encounter with massive

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From:          "Tim Matthews" <stealthchaser@hotmail.com>
To:            skywatch@wic.net
Subject:       HMS Shetland in encounter with massive UFO!!
Date:          Wed, 15 Oct 1997 03:02:02 PDT


HMS Shetland in Close Encounter last Thursday night????

Lancashire UFO Society was contacted by the Red Rose Radio chat-show
host Tony Newman on Friday 10th October regarding 35 phone calls
received from listeners relating to UFO sightings over the Lancashire
Coast the previous night. Tony is known for his interest in UFOs and
LUFOS has built up a good relationship with him as a result of detailed
investigations, our reputation as sensible researchers and our grass
roots activism.

Two of the calls received on the Thursday phone-in programme were from
HMS Shetland. The young man dealing with all the calls for Newman could
only remember that it was "HMS Sh" - it was his first night on the job
by all accounts! Baptism by fire no doubt!

The caller insisted that a large UFO with a bright light was approaching
the ship which was operating off the Lancashire Coast at the time,
possibly in relation to the Conservative Party Conference at Blackpool.

Eric Morris of the British UFO Studies Centre (in the Navy from
1970-1985), who has just formed the Northern Federation of Indepedent
Ufologists with Lancashire UFO Society and the Pendle, Hyndburn UFO
Group and other indepedent researchers, immediately contacted "Navy
News" to see whether the they or the MOD could confirm any of these
details. "Navy News" phoned the MOD.

A woman from the MOD phoned 15 minuted later to confirm to Eric that HMS
Shetland, a new 60 metre ship with sloped funnels, pennant number (P)
298 was indeed off the Lancashire Coast at the time.

(Tim Matthews and Rory Lushman were witnesses to the conversation.)

Has an incident involving HMS Shetland and a UFO taken place? The
implication are enormous if it has......

Calls to Blackpool Airport, Coastguard, operators of Laser light shows
etc etc have not borne fruit.

The last week has seen unprecedented UFO activity with "unbelieveable"
video footage being filmed in East Anglia, sightings in Southern England
reported to us as well our phone calls relating to anomalous lights and
"spinning discs" in the Blackpool, Bamber Bridge, Burnley, Southport and
Crosby areas of the North West.

Once again our groups have been at the forefront of investigations. Our
focus has as usual been upon details and upon correct reporting

This is an example to everyone. We recently formed the National Campaign
Against UFO Secrecy, a moderate though active campaign calling for the
release of all government-held UFO documents. The Campaign has already
been joined by 9 groups and received the support of top researcher Nick
Redfern, whose new book on the subject of government UFO investigations
entitled "A Covert Agenda" is on sale now.

In addition, we have received coverage in many local newspapers, on the
radio and on TV. Let us hope that the whole movement can pull together
on the question of secrecy at least.

And let us hope that witness confidentiality will be respected. At a
time when it was hoped that the problem of UFO researchers giving names
of witnesses to journalists had been sorted out, we learn to our horror
that a "respected" welsh ufologist has given personal details of "Close
Encounter" witness to a reporter. This kind of thing must be stamped

Unless we get a grip, start to follow a basic code of practice (as laid
down by BUFORA for instance) and follow a strict methodology we will
forever be written off as alien cultists more concerned with belief not

If our groups can work together then so can others. Not only have we
agreed to standardize our reporting procedures but also to abandon our
separate group magazines in order to produce a joint effort entitled

For further details on our investigations into the Lancashire Coast
sightings please call us on (01704) 549322.

It should be remembered that another one of our cases from November 1996
related to a cargo aircraft flying from Belfast Aldergrove Airport
(callsign "Gemstone 904") to Coventry which encountered a UFO over the
Lancashire Coast. This meant that the plane had to change course. The
conversation between the aircraft and Manchester ATC was recorded by a
amateur radio ham.

(One thing we know for sure - advanced prototypes are being tested off
the Lancashire Coast. Covert military activity is undoubtedly
responsible for many reports - but not all.)

WE hope to hear from you soon. Sensible suggestions/reports/news

Details of the National Campaign Against UFO Secrecy and newsletter

The Secretary, P.O.Box 73, Lancaster LA1 1GZ. SAE please!

Tim Matthews - Lancashire UFO Society
Eric Morris - British UFO Studies Centre
Rory Lushman - Pendle, Hyndburn UFO Network

Northern Federation of Independent Ufologists. Tel (01704) 549322

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