Our witness was on duty in the communications center, monitoring eight separate teletype machines. These teletypes printed out "fleet broadcasts." The array of eight was comprised of four on top, which each logged different channels, and four on the bottom, which unlike the top row, monitored different frequencies. If any messages were received, they were to be sent to the Facilities Control center, which would in turn monitor the messages. On the opposite side of the room was the Naval Communications Operations Network, which was a ship to shore circuit. Beside it was the Task Group Circuit for ship to ship messaging.
At about 20:30 hours, the ship had completed an eighteen hour "Flight Ops." A routine message had just been logged, and turning back to the teletypes, our witness noticed that all of the information coming in was garbage. He checked the alternate machines, and they too were sending garbage. Walking to the intercom, he informed the Facilities Control center about the problem. A reply told him that all of the communication hardware was malfunctioning.
In the corner of the room was the pneumatic tube system, which had an intercom which communicated with the bridge. All of those on duty in the communications room heard someone in a loud voice proclaim: "There is something hovering over the ship!" A moment or two later, another voice shouted: "It's the end of the world."
The six men in the communications room immediately went to take a look at what was happening. They ran the approximately 50 feet to the hatch that opens to the catwalk on the edge of the flight deck. This happened at the time of "no horizon," which occurs in the morning and evening, because of the sun rising or setting, and during this time it is difficult, if not impossible, to tell where the sea and sky meet.
As they looked up, they were shocked to see a large, glowing sphere hovering above the ship. Yet, without a horizon for reference, is was difficult to estimate its size. But best guesses from the witnesses put it at about 200-300 feet in diameter! There was no sound coming from the UFO. The light of the other-worldy craft seemed diffused, and was a yellow to orange color. After gazing at the UFO for about 20 seconds, battle station alerts went off. Their officer met them on their way back to the communication room, urging them to rush back to work. After about 20 minutes of sitting with nothing to do, the communications came back online. There were no messages outgoing about the giant UFO at any time.
The next few hours were uneventful, except for a good friend of our witness who worked in the combat information center, who told him that during the time the UFO hovered over the ship, all of the radar screens glowed. Another shipmate of his who worked on the navigation bridge informed him that all of the compasses had malfunctioned during the event. He would also be told that two F-4 Phantoms would not start while the UFO was near the ship. Scuttlebutt on the ship passed rumors that not too long after the event, several men in trench coats had landed on the ship, and questioned those who had seen the phenomena.
A few days afterward, as the ship was nearing its destination of Norfolk, a Captain came on the closed circuit television station, and reminded the crew that anything that happens on the ship, stays on the ship, although the UFO was not mentioned specifically. Other than that, and gossip among crew members, this was the only reference to the unusual occurrence on the USS John F. Kennedy in the Bermuda Triangle. Our witness is still haunted by what he saw and heard that day, and is actively pursuing details about this event, and other UFO sightings.