This is an actual radio conversation between a
United States Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and
Canadian authorities off the coast off Newfoundland in October
1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval
Operations on 10/10/95 as authorized by the Freedom of Information
Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid
Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the
South to avoid a collision.
This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR
No, I say again, you 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 cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand
that you change your course15 degrees north...
I say again...That's one-five degrees north.... or counter-measures
will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship!
We are a lighthouse. Your call