While camping on Perdido Key, a primitive campground on July 6 ,a few miles from Pensacola Naval Air Station, around 11:30 p.m., I saw a round UFO with red lights go out into the Bay with search lights on the ground following it. It went to a spot 200-300 feet in the air, it hovered then circled back to the airstrip. This happened 4-5 times. I had my binoculars and was only 2-3 miles from it. When it landed, from what I could see, it seemed a cloud of gas or fog? surrounded the UFO. I got the feeling it was remote controlled because on one of the flights while hovering it bounced up and down while hovering like someone was having some with a joystick. In summing it up It took off hovered at the same spot and returned to the area it took off from which was the airbase over the course of a half of an hour 4-5 times.