This is a transcript of an actual radio transmission between a US Navy Vessel and the Canadians off the coast of Newfoundland in 1995. Released by the Chief of Naval Operations.
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.
US Ship: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid collision.
Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
US Ship: This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: Negative. I say again, you will have to divert your course.
US Ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER, USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST VESSEL 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, 15 DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP AND ITS ESCORT VESSELS.
Canadians: We’re a Lighthouse. Your call.