A Little Bit Of Arrogance...

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A LITTLE BIT OF ARROGANCE...

The following is an actual transcript of a radio conversation of a US naval ship with the Canadian authorities off the coast of NewfoundlandOctober 1995.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Canadians:Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans:Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North.

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:We are a lighthouse.Your call.


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