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One Small Navigation Mistake

This is said to be a transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 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: “We are a lighthouse. Your call.”

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