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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Gunner Reports Lights Pacing USS Williamson
Early 1943
Bearing Sea, N. of Alaskan Peninsula

Fran Ridge:
1943 Early; Bearing Sea, N. of Alaskan Peninsula
2300 hours. While patrolling the Bearing Sea, N. of Alaskan Peninsula and bearing north at about 20 knots, a gunner on starboard 20 mm gun was on watch on the USS Williamson. It was a very dark night and he reported a row of at least eight red lights in a row, traveling parallel and slightly ahead of his ship. The row was canted at about a 15 degree angle to the surface of the sea. The lights paced the ship for about an hour until the watch was relieved. Witness wasn't able to find out what happened after his incident.

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