June 21, 2013 – The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk because it served “no defence purpose” and was taking staff away from “more valuable defence-related activities”, newly released files show.
The desk was closed in December 2009 despite a surge in reported sightings.The disclosure came in National Archives files relating to reports of UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects – between 2007 and November 2009.
They show UFOs were reported at several UK landmarks, including Stonehenge. The latest tranche of declassified files covers the final two years of work carried out by the MoD’s UFO desk. The 25 files include reports alleging contact with aliens and UFO sightings near UK landmarks, and detail the decision to close the MoD’s dedicated desk and “hotline”.
He told Mr Ainsworth that in more than 50 years, “no UFO sighting reported to [the MoD] has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the UK”.
His memo said there was “no defence benefit” in the recording, collating, analysis or investigation of the sightings, adding: “The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities.”