3.11.2008

A Little Navy Humor

People love to tell jokes and stories while at sea, it heps pass the time. Over time some transform from complete fiction to the status of urban legend. The person telling it swears that it ACTUALLY happened to a friend of a friend. I remember hearing this one when I was an impressionable young squid...

Believe it or not...this is the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995.

US Ship: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

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

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

CND reply: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course!

US Ship: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CORAL SEA, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!!

CND reply: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

HA - this is one of my favorites Joey!!!

joanne said...

I have heard this one! And so it is absolutely true.

mummy said...

That's great! You got me!

d u t c h said...

joey!
this is a great story and i *love* your design studio work.

say, do you know if there is a term for when a sailor sounds a foghorn or signal? my coworker is dying to know.

hope you are well.
love, alyssa