Newsletter > August 2004
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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