"Horrific" Radio Broadcast Kills Power to Navy Ship, Frightens Crew, Sailor Says it Was "Non-Human"

Navy Sailor Shares Eerie Story about “Horrific” Unexplained Radio Signals That Killed His Ship’s Power


There’s something innately terrifying about the open water. Even now, centuries after man created maps showing monsters at the edge of the world, much of the planet’s oceans continue to remain unexplored, holding secrets that can often frighten even the most seasoned sailors.

Such is the case with a story shared this morning by a man with a decade of service in the United States Navy, and the “horrific” encounter with what he believes was an inhuman intelligence that cut his ship’s power and took over the high frequency airwaves, spreading communications that “crawled under his skin”.

In ten years of service, he says he’s never heard anything like it… and never wants to again.


“I’ve been in the US Navy for almost a decade and I am currently on my third deployment to the western pacific,” user drizzt9889 told reddit. “I work on communications equipment and spend a fair amount of time just scanning different frequencies to see what I come across.”

“A couple years back we were 30-40 NM off the coast of the Phillipines, it was just over the horizon, and the ship lost power. Lights, engines, everything just went silent; I don’t want to say this is regular, but it’s happened enough throughout my career that it doesn’t bother me half as much as it should. So, power is out, emergency lights are on, and the UPS are keeping comms up until the engineers can get the power back up.

I am doing my usual, scanning HF freqs for anything comming out of the PI when my receiver starts picking up….the most awful, interesting, horriffic sounds I have ever heard in my life. I’ve heard all types of interference, it wasn’t that…I’ve heard people trying to go over a encrypted circut without crypto, and it wasn’t that. It raised the hair on my neck and arms, and made me feel very, very small. It felt like I was sitting there for hours while these sounds crawled under my skin, like I was traveling through the warp without a Gellar field.”

“After about 5 minutes it’s suddenly stopped and the power came back on. I will never forget the sounds I heard.”

Via US Navy

Via US Navy

Spooky as hell. When a few readers asked for a better description of the sounds, Dr. Z was quick to respond, but felt uncomfortable just doing so.

Sorry I didn’t give a better description of the sounds before…even after all this time it’s uncomfortable to think about.. The sounds were primal…not human. Like something very large was expressing itself, but I couldn’t comprehend it. I wasn’t really afraid of it, I suppose in the same way a single celled organism wouldn’t really be afraid of a human. I can’t really explain it because I have never heard anything that came close to sounding like it. Maybe someone was transmitting weird sounds to fuck with anyone that might have been listening…and maybe it was made creepier by the timing of losing/gaining power. I’m not sure, and sorry I can’t explain it better.

There’s a story that will have you really enjoying your next cruise.

So what you think about the sailor’s tale? Did his ship make content with some vast intelligence drifting in the ocean? Did the ship receive a warning from an Elder God awaking from its slumber? Or have drizzt9889’s creating writing exercises been paying off? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, on Twitter @WeirdHQ, or in the comments below!


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  1. Coppertop

    05/09/2015 at 12:58 PM

    It’s a nice spooky story, but without a recording, that’s sadly all it is.

    That said, if there’s anything deep, dark, and foreboding left on Earth, it’s likely in the oceans.

  2. michael

    05/09/2015 at 2:09 PM

    Please resd “The Swarm” by Frank Schatzing! Great read being made into a movie…

  3. Jake

    05/10/2015 at 6:37 PM

    I go on cruise for training this summer from San diego to Canada. Desperately want to hear this.

  4. Pia T

    05/13/2015 at 3:39 AM

    Oh, come on … “I heard a noise over the radio and it scared me. But I can’t tell you what it sounded like.” THAT’S spooky? If that’s the case, my kids are a veritable horror film soundtrack.

  5. Mark

    05/13/2015 at 3:19 PM

    This doesn’t say anything about it killing the power to the ship. It only says that the power dropped out on the ship (not that infrequent) and after awhile, he started hearing this sound. Who knows, maybe without alot of the ships ambient noise interfering, he was able to hear something else. And then the power comes on and the sound disappears, probably because the ships electronics caused then caused interference with the sound.

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  7. just me

    05/22/2015 at 10:03 PM

    It was Cthulhu

    • Aimee

      05/24/2015 at 4:42 PM

      Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

  8. randy

    06/13/2015 at 11:22 PM

    sounds like a demon to me they have powers to kill the electricity and make noises like that some sounds not in this world.

  9. Buzzman

    12/16/2015 at 1:38 AM

    Probably an HF jammer out of China or Russia. However, there was a documented incident in Washington State (if I remember the details correctly) where an intensely strong signal of five beeps broadcasted for several nights on shortwave causing burning of the skin in some area people. Most likely some new form of Navy radar being tested (as usual, without regard to the health of citizens). I can’t find any data referencing it now though.

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