Believe It or Not

Winter 2001 CSANews Issue 41  |  Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.Back to list

The following transcript was found on the Internet of an alleged conversation between a US naval ship and the Canadian authorities off Newfoundland in 1995.

US Ship:
Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision

Canadian reply:
Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision

US Ship:
This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert your course.

Canadian reply:
No, I say again, divert your course

US Ship:
This is the aircraft carrier "USS (deleted to protect the guilty)". We are a large warship of the US Navy. Divert your course now!

Canadian reply:
This is a lighthouse. Your call.

As submitted to SITREP, the Newsmagazine of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, by Richard S. Kwieciak, Brig Gen, NYG (ret)