https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...e-things-in-arizonas-military-training-rangesEncounters with small unidentified "objects," sometimes in swarm-like groups of as many as eight. Sightings of other objects, including some characterized as drones, flying at altitudes up to 36,000 feet and as fast as Mach 0.75. Another apparent small drone actually hitting the canopy of an F-16 Viper causing damage. These incidents and many more, all occurred in or around various military air combat training ranges in Arizona since January 2020.
USAF, not USN, aircrew this time, but sounds somewhat similar to what the USN crews have reported off the US east coast.
I'm still trying to figure out how some object can hit the rear of an F-16 canopy in a midair? We used to joke the slow A-10 was the only USAF aircraft to sustain birds strikes from the rear, but this has me scratching my head.