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[Absolutely OT] Irish Coast Guard Conversation With Brittish Vessel

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
13 years ago4,326 views

This is an actual radio conversation between a British
aircraft carrier (S.S. Elizabeth) and Irish authorities
off the coast of Donegal in October, 1995. (The radio
conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Irish: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to
avoid collision.
  
English: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
North to avoid a collision.
  
Irish: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
  
English: This is the Captain of a British Navy ship. I say again,
divert YOUR course.
  
Irish: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
  
English: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER SS ELIZABETH, THE SECOND
LARGEST SHIP IN THE BRITISH' 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.
  
Irish: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Thanks to Adam Mollen for showing me this :D

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Funny but totally untrue:

snopes.com/military/lighthouse ...

Even the US Navy have a page about this on their website:

navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy. ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

*cries*

DM [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

As a member of the Irish Coast Guard I can confirm this is rubbish. This one has been doing the rounds for years in different forms.

DM

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