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Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972

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The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty) of the Navy has determined that USS LABOON (DDG 58) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot comply fully with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special functions as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.

 

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This rule is effective August 20, 2008 and is applicable beginning 7 August 2008.

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Commander M. Robb Hyde, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Navy, 1322 Patterson Ave., SE., Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066, telephone 202-685-5040.

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Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the Department of the Navy amends 32 CFR part 706.

This amendment provides notice that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) of the Navy, under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS LABOON (DDG 58) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot comply fully with the following specific provision of 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship: Annex I, paragraph 3(a), pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light in the forward quarter of the vessel, the placement of the after masthead light, and the horizontal distance between the forward and after masthead lights. The Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty) has also certified that the lights involved are located in closest possible compliance with the applicable 72 COLREGS requirements.

Moreover, it has been determined, in accordance with 32 CFR parts 296 and 701, that publication of this amendment for public comment prior to adoption is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to public interest since it is based on technical findings that the placement of lights on this vessel in a manner differently from that prescribed herein will adversely affect the vessel's ability to perform its military functions.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 706—CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972 Back to Top

1.The authority citation for 32 CFR part 706 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

33 U.S.C. 1605.

2.Section 706.2 is amended as follows:

A. In Table Four paragraph 16 by removing the entry, in numerical order, for USS LABOON (DDG 58); and

B. In Table Five by revising, in numerical order, the following entry for USS LABOON (DDG 58):

§ 706.2 Certifications of the Secretary of the Navy under Executive Order 11964 and U.S.C. 1605.

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Vessel No. Masthead lights not over all other lights and obstructions; Annex I, sec. 2(f) Forward masthead light not in forward quarter of ship; Annex I, sec. 3(a) After masthead light less than1/2ship's length aft of forward masthead light; Annex I, sec. 3(a) Percentage horizontal separation attained
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USS LABOON DDG 58 X X X 20.3
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Approved: August 7, 2008.

M. Robb Hyde,

Commander, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).

[FR Doc. E8-19163 Filed 8-19-08; 8:45 am]

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