OOPS!

This is the transcript of a radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in 1995.

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 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 COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians:     This is a lighthouse. Your call.


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