One of my favourite “Communications SNAFU” anecdotes occurred on the Chesapeake in 1992.
A US Army barge was transiting upbound, and trying to make VHF
contact with the US Navy
. No answer to repeated hails on Ch 16.
Finally, in frustration, the Army barge asked: “Does anyone know where the Navy is?”
Now if you’ve ever sailed the Chesapeake, you know there’s always radio “chatter”. After a very long, unheard of, silence, some wag commented: “The Army can’t find the Navy, God, I hope were’ not under attack!"