This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation
between a U.S. Navy vessel with Canadian authorities off Newfoundland
in October, 1995. The radio conversation was released by the Chief
of Naval Operations on October 10, 1995:
"Please divert your course 15 degrees
to the north to avoid collision."
"Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees
to the south to avoid collision."
"This is the Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I
say again, divert YOUR course."
"NO, I say again, divert YOUR course."
"THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN,
THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET.
WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE RUISERS AND NUMEROUS
SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES
NORTH, THAT'S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTERMEASURES WILL
BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP."
"This is a lighthouse. Your call!"
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