In 1997, in the spanish cost of Galicia, The USS LINCOLN and the Spaniard crews had this conversation and it was recorded on channel 106 of Nautical Emergency Frequency:
Spanish crew: This is A-853, please turn 15 degrees south to avoid colission, you're heading directly to us.
USS Lincoln: No, we recommend you to turn 15 degrees north to avoid colission.
Spanish crew: Negative. That's impossible, you turn 15 degrees south, you're 25 nautical miles from impact.
USS Lincoln: This is Captain Richard James Howard, commander of the USS Lincoln of the Marine of the United States of America. We are escorted by two clippers and 5 destructors. We're heading towars the Persian Gulf to participate on strategic military operations in Iraq. As a high ranked commander of a NATO allied country I command you to turn your vessel 15 degrees north, if not, we'll be forced to take whatever measures necessary to continue with our mission.
Spanish crew: My name is Juan Manuel Salas Alcántara, we're two persons here, we're not escorted by no one and the only stuff we have here is our food, some beers, and one dog. We have the support of Cadena Dial de La Coruña and channel 106 of nautical emergency frequency. We're heading nowhere, this is the lighthouse A-853 Finisterra in the shore of Galicia.
We have no fucking clue about your rank and you can take whatever measures you want to accomplish your mission and guarrantee the security of your fucking vessel, which is about to be a major piece of crap in no time unless you turn 15 degrees south NOW to avoid colission.
USS Lincoln: We copy that. Rodger.
well, the post was originally posted on a spanish blog, and I thought it was all fake. But I'm doing some research and there are some facts that match:
- Fisterra is a beach in Galicia and the A-853 is the most western lighthouse in europe. Here are the coordinates:
42°52'56.59" N 9°16'18.05" W
D Luz Blanca 5s 143m 32M (L0,3, oc4,7) Oc al E de la demora 149º.
Sirena de niebla (2) 60s (son2, sil6, son2, sil50)
- The original site says the name "Finisterra" which is France, but I've learned that "Fisterra" is the name in Galizian language, and Finisterra is in spanish for the same place, which is similar to Finistère, France, but two totally different locations.
- I can't find any info on the spanish crew Juan Manuel Salas Alcántara, nor a Captain Richard James Howard.
- Cadena Dial de La Coruña is a real local radio station, on the frequency 98.5 Mhz, http://www.cadenadial.com/
- The channel 106 of the Nautical Emergency Frequency is irrelevant, but the frequency exists and is a VHF band used to contact ships in distress and emergency metheorologic reports in an area up to 50 nautical miles.
So, the fact is kinda well documented. It sounds too odd to be true, but it might be true. There's no evidence of the recording tho, it might me true. It is featured as a humorous fact, so, they probably added more junk to the original story to make it funny. Anyway.
EDIT 2 This is the canadian version of the same fact:
This is a transcript of a radio conversation between a US Naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland. I understand that there's actually a full transcript of this conversation lurking about somewhere. If anyone has is, send it to me!
US SHIP: Please divert your course 0.5 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
CANADIAN REPLY: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
US SHIP: This is the Captain of the US Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
CANADIAN REPLY: No, I say again, divert YOUR course!
US SHIP: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS MISSOURI. WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW OR WE WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE AND DRASTIC MEASURES!!!!
CANADIAN REPLY: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
I GUESS THERE ARE BOTH FAKES NOW. THE INCIDENT IS MORE LIKE AN URBAN LEGEND AND EVEYRONE ADAPTS IT TO MAKE IT BELIEVABLE