This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation between a US
naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in
October 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees South to avoid a
Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees North to avoid
Canadians: Negative. You will have to 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
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: 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, I SAY AGAIN,
THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN
TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.