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Hubris was never funnier

secondtolastblunder
Jan 11, 2011, 10:31 AM 4

This is the transcript of an 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 on November 10, 1995.


Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a              collision.

Canadians: Recommend you 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, 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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