For all you future ship driving SWOs, here's some advice...from another ship driver. Calling yourself "Warship XX" is a turn off to other mariners, especially in US waters. Yes, it is true, you are a warship, but remember 95% of the time you're talking to a fisherman or a merchant mariner and you may be the a major part of their image of the United States. When making crossing, meeting, or overtaking situation you get in contact with the other vessel, agree on the situation you find yourself and agree on a course of action. What you don't do is tell the other vessel what course of action to take. I saw a "Warship" call a merchant vessel on Ch. 16. The quote from the conversation was "Turn to Starboard and take my stern at no less than 4000 yards." Yes, that is 2 nautical miles. At no time did the warship state the situation they were in. At no time did the warship agree on the course of action they would both take. At no time did the warship even state which ship he was. Sure he said "this is Warship XX" but at no time did he let the merchant vessel know which set of lights in the dark sea that name belonged to. Telling a vessel to take a course of action makes you liable for the outcome. For this merchant vessel, he probably believed he was required to do what the US Navy warship commanded, but this is not the case. There were many other courses of action that the merchant vessel could have taken. Yes the merchant vessel took the warship's stern at 2NM, but because of the warship's demand, it put the merchant vessel well within 2NM of my ship, and that is something I did not appreciate. Perhaps a Conn out there might want to crack the Rules of the Road book, and see what the IMO has to say about crossing situations. Remember, if you find yourself on the bridge of a US ship, whether that be Navy, Army, or Coast Guard, you share the seas with every other ship out there, you don't own it. LITS, OUT.