The Pentagon has released three declassified videos, which show US Navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The US department of defense (DOD) said it has authorised the release of three videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, “which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorised releases in 2007 and 2017”.

A statement on its website said, “DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos. The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as “unidentified.”

ABC News quoted Defense Department spokesperson Susan Gough as saying, “After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”

Two of the videos were published by The New York Times in December 2017.

According to a report by The Guardian, the third video was released by a media and private science group named To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science. The footage by Pentagon will add to speculations of humans having recently interacted with extra-terrestrial beings.