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Right Of Way

Right of Way

This one has been around for awhile, and comes in different forms.
One must wonder about its origins.
Provided by Art Padios


The following is a transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation between an Irish Navy Signals Officer and a British Navy Task Force operating off the coast of County Kerry (October '95):

IRISH OPERATOR: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid collision.

BRITISH OPERATOR: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North, to avoid collision.

IRISH OPERATOR: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid collision.

BRITISH OFFICER: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I say again, YOU will have to divert YOUR course.

IRISH OPERATOR: Negative. I say again, YOU will have to divert YOUR course.

BRITISH OFFICER: (agitated) 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 OPERATOR: We are a lighthouse. Your call.




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