Thought I'd kick off a thread here as I am re-reading Fly Navy
"Naval Aviators and Carrier Aviation - A History". By Philip Kaplan published by Aurum Press ISBN 1 854107674.
As title would suggest it plots the hardware, tactics of Naval Aviation from its beginging up the the Gulf War. Some great colour and B/W photo's together with insights into Naval Avaition Warfare from the people involved a la the lost voices series of books, would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.
One amusing snipit is at the end of the book and is a transcript of sa radio conversation between the US and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. This was released by the US Chief of Naval Operations, 10 October 1995. As such is in the public record.Canadians
Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avaoid a collision.Americans
Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North.Canadians
Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.Americans
This is a Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.Canadians
No. I say again divert YOUR course.Americans
This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln
, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change course 15 degrees North. I say again, that's one five degrees North, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.Canadians
we are a lighthouse. Your call.
Well it made me chuckle