The following is the transcript of an actual radio
conversation in October 1995, between a US Navy ship
off the coast of Newfoundland, and some Canadians.
The transcript was released by the Chief of Naval
Operations on 10/10/95.
CANADIANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the
South, to avoid a collision
AMERICANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees
to the North, to avoid a collision
CANADIANS: Negative. You will have to divert your
course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
AMERICANS: This is the Captain of US Navy ship. I say
again, divert YOUR course.
CANADIANS: Negative. I say again. You will have to
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. THAT'S 15
DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN
TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
CANADIANS: We are a lighthouse. Your call.