Exploring Uruguay's UFO investigations. Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in South America and witnesses have reported phenomenon in Uruguay since 1947. It is one of the countries where the military seems to be more open-minded towards the UFO phenomenon. In 1979 the President of Uruguay established the 'Commission for Receiving and Investigating Complaints of Unidentified Flying Objects' or CRIDOVNI as an official department of the Uruguayan Air Force. The commission receives, researches and investigates UFO sightings as part of their routine activity and they openly explore the possibility of extraterrestrial origins. .