Imperial Hubris: For your enjoyment

Craven, Jim jcraven at SPAMclark.edu
Tue Nov 16 08:35:00 MST 1999








>THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
>
> > 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 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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