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This is a transcript of an ACTUAL radio communication between a U.S. NAVY ship and Canadian authorities off the cost of Newfoundland, October 1995. Radio log released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10/10/95:

CANADIANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees South to avoid collision.

AMERICANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees 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 U.S. Navy ship. I say again, divert.

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 COUNTER-MEASURES
WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse . . . Your call.

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Yeah, that is pretty funny, however it is just a joke it really didn't happen. Its been floating around for 10 years or longer.

http://www.snopes.com/military/lighthse.htm

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I'm in the Canadian Navy, and unfortunately Cowgal is correct, or at least I highly doubt that it happened considering I first heard about it in 93 with the "aircraft carrier" USS MISSIOURI (never existed) and also US (and Canadian warships do not identify themselves by name over the radio until they have verified who they are talking to: they'll use their hull number ie: UNITED STATES WARSHIP 67, CANADIAN WARSHIP 339

But as Mark Twain said..."Never let the truth get in the way of a good story"

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