This is a transcript of a radio conversation between a US and Canadian authorities off
the coast of Newfoundland in October,1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of
Naval Operations 10-10-95.
Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a
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
Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.