Monday, June 12, 2006

US Navy Vs Canada

When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero he replied, “It was absolutely involuntary.They sank my boat.”

Actual Radio Conversation

This was a conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in late 1995.

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 US LINCOLN, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied with 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 counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


June 12, 2006 2:22 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

The lighthouse should have yielded; y'know what the youth say: life is a sunny beach on the rocks ;)

June 12, 2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Raggedy: Tornado Chasing for Dummies is a column series of my '04-'05 pursuits (and misadventures).

Also same link but use tornadodummies2 or 3 for the others ;)

June 12, 2006 3:00 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

all my fellow sailors would like that one.

June 12, 2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Ha! I bet he felt sheepish.

June 12, 2006 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too funny!! .. and a little scary.

June 12, 2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Loved the Kennedy comment Rageddy, I'd never heard it before, great joke too.

June 12, 2006 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Kennedy quote. I think he must have been a fascinating man to talk to. Like the radio conversation too. Thanks for all your comments. Have a great week.

June 13, 2006 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard the same story by Dr. Steven Covey in the audio "The seven habits of highly effective people." Great story, love it.

June 13, 2006 11:26 PM  

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