7/06/2006

Canadians v. Americans

This is the transcript of the 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.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees 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 a US Navy ship.I say again, divert your course.

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.
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