This is an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with
Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October,
1995. Radio conversation released by the
Chief of naval Operations 10-10-95.
Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees the North to
avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to
the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again,
divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No, I say again, you 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 CRUISERS AND
NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE
YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES
NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN TO ENSURE
THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.