The Navy conducted missile tests off the coast on Tuesday, leading Californians who spotted the mysterious white light in the sky to believe they had seen a UFO.
He says that two missiles were launched on Tuesday morning as part of Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test (FCET), designated FCET-53. One launch took place at 3:30 a.m. PST and a second at 6:20 a.m.
According to KCBS Radio, it was US Navy testing missiles off the California Coast. Daniels said tests like this happen frequently, to make sure their systems are working properly. "Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities". Per the Navy, the missiles never crossed over land and were not armed.
However, the Navy does notify some countries that it has treaties with that it will be conducting a missile exercise in order to avoid setting off alarm, Daniels said, and it also notifies aviation and sea personnel to stay clear for a certain period to ensure their safety. All missiles are tracked from multiple sources from launch until final impact in the ocean.
"All missile test flights were conducted from sea, flew over the sea, and landed in the sea", Daniels said.
The tests were not in response to any recent world events, Daniels said, or meant to be a demonstration of power.