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newby
16th January 2003, 19:45
I got this in an email quite recently from a friend but i dont know if its for reall! read on, (anymore info would be gratefull)

> > > >This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a
> > > >British
> > > >Naval ship and the Irish, off the coast of Kerry, Oct 95.
> > > >Radio
> > > >conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations
> > > >10-10-95
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >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
> > > >course.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS BRITIANNIA. 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.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >Wait for it, it's a classic!)
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.

T.I.M.
16th January 2003, 20:09
Seen this before... but it was the u.s canada version,

and old navy joke! funny never the less....:p

Goldie fish
17th January 2003, 04:24
As a closet anorak on these matters I have top point out the following..
#1. HMS Brittania was a royal yacht not a carrier,and NEVER travelled in convoy..
#2. No irish Lighthouse has been manned since 31st March 1997

#3. Its the Royal Navy..not the British Navy..

#4. Radio traffic In Kerry would have been from Valentia radio..which is not a lighthouse..

#5 The RN does not have an Atlantic Fleet..it barely has a fleet right now..They are starting to look at the Irish Naval service with a certain envy..we get 150 days at sea out of all our ships..they are happy to get 80..

From Urban Legends Reference (http://www.snopes.com/)
The source of that story, which the Navy swears is untrue, is not known. It's a joke that has been floating around for at least 10 years, and maybe 30 to 40 years. Some think it originated in a humor column in Reader's Digest. Nobody knows for sure.

But for the past four months the story of the ship and the lighthouse has been passed along, as gospel, by comedy talk-show hosts, lazy newspaper columnists and clueless cyberspace jockies until it has taken on an air of the apocryphal. It clings to Navy lore like that old captain from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." And, like Coleridge's haunted captain, the Navy is having a real tough time getting this albatross off its neck.

In the story's current form, the ship is identified as the carrier Enterprise. In the past it involved a battleship. A version that arrived via e-mail in Norfolk this week from the U.S. Air Force Academy identified it as the "aircraft carrier Missouri." There is no such carrier. The Missouri is a retired battleship.

Various versions carry little embellishments. An amateur-radio buff communicating via the Internet said it happened in Puget Sound. A columnist in the Montreal Gazette said it happened last fall off the coast of Newfoundland. A columnist in North Carolina quoted a local man as saying it happened off the Carolinas.

"It's a totally bogus story, but over the last four months we've gotten at least 12, maybe 18 calls from different media sources trying to confirm that," said Cmdr. Kevin Wensing, an Atlantic Fleet spokesman in Norfolk. "Unfortunately, some of them don't check it out. They just repeat it.

"The first time I heard of it was - oh, let's see, how long - about 10 years ago or so, I think. "That story's so old," Wensing said, "it probably started out back in the galleon days, or back when there was a big lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt."

Dutifully, when all those reports about the carrier Enterprise began to surface, the Navy had to follow procedures and check it out.

"Yes, we talked to the Enterprise," Wensing said. "It was like, "We've heard this story and we're pretty sure that it's without basis. . . . And their reaction was, 'What? You can't be serious.' "

For the record, Adm. Mike Boorda, the chief of naval operations, released no such transcript on Oct. 10. Or any other time, said Cmdr. John Carman, a spokesman for the admiral. "It's a joke," Carman said, chuckling in disbelief. "And not only that, I've been told it's a real old joke. Like 30 to 40 years ago, that old."

Of the many flaws in the recent version, the most glaring is that there is no longer a radio crew - or any crew, for that matter - on any lighthouse on the U.S. coastline. The last one was automated 10 years ago, said Lt. j.g. Ed Westfall, the lighthouse program manager for the U.S. Coast Guard's Fifth District, based in Portsmouth.

Westfall said he, too, had heard the story for years, but he had a different understanding of its origin.

"I always thought," he said, "it was just something one of us Coasties had made up to poke fun at the Navy."