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Greetings to all the ships at sea!

Intercepted from Coast Station NMC, 8418.71 kHz, lower sideband:

(Please excuse the overuse of capital letters. The Baudot character set doesn't include lower case.

051350Z FEB 03
FM NIMA NAVSAFETY BETHESDA MD/
MSGID/GENADMIN/NIMA NAVSAFETY BETHESDA MD/

HYDROPAC 215/03(GEN). MEDITERRANEAN SEA.
1. U.S. FORCES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ARE OPERATING
AT A HEIGHTENED STATE OF READINESS AND TAKING ADDITIONAL
DEFENSIVE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TERRORIST AND OTHER
POTENTIAL THREATS. ALL AIRCRAFT OR SURFACE VESSELS
APPROACHING U.S. FORCES ARE REQUESTED TO MAINTAIN RADIO
CONTACT WITH U.S. FORCES ON BRIDGE-TO-BRIDGE CHANNEL 16,
INTERNATIONAL AIR DISTRESS (121.5 MHZ VHF) OR
MILAIR DISTRESS (243.0 MHZ UHF).

2. U.S. FORCES WILL EXERCISE APPROPRIATE MEASURES IN
SELF-DEFENSE IF WARRANTED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
AIRCRAFT AND SURFACE VESSELS APPROACHING U.S. FORCES
WILL HELP MAKE THEIR INTENTIONS CLEAR AND AVOID
UNNECESSARY INITIATION OF SUCH DEFENSIVE MEASURES BY
MAKING PRIOR CONTACT AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

3. NOTHING IN THIS WARNING IS INTENDED TO IMPEDE OR
OTHERWISE INTERFERE WITH THE FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION
OR OVERFLIGHT OF ANY VESSEL OR AIRCRAFT, OR TO LIMIT
OR EXPAND THE INHERENT SELF-DEFENSE RIGHTS OF U.S. FORCES.
THIS WARNING IS PUBLISHED SOLELY TO ADVISE OF THE
HEIGHTENED STATE OF READINESS OF U.S. FORCES AND TO
REQUEST THAT RADIO CONTACT BE MAINTAINED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

4. SPECIAL WARNING NUMBER 120 REFERS.