is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation between
the British and the Irish, off the coast of Kerry, Oct 98.
Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations
IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South,
to avoid a collision.
BRITISH: 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.
BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I
say again, divert YOUR course.
IRISH: Negative. I say again, You will have to divert YOUR
BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS BRITANNIA! 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 IS 15 DEGREES NORTH, OR
COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY
OF THIS SHIP.
IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.