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

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AGENCY:

Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

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 and Maritime Law) of the Navy has determined that USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) 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 function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 30, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Commander Dominick G. Yacono, 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 number: (202) 685-5040.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot comply fully with the following specific provisions of 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship: Rule 21(a), pertaining to the placement of the masthead lights over the fore and aft centerline of the ship; Annex I, paragraph 2(g), pertaining to the placement of the sidelights above the hull; and Annex I, paragraph 3(a), pertaining to the placement of the forward masthead light in the forward quarter of the ship. The Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) 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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List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706

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Accordingly,

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PART 706—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1605

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2. Table Two of § 706.2 is amended by adding, in numerical order, the following entry for USS RONALD REAGAN:

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Table Two

VesselNumberMasthead lights, distance to stbd of keel in meters; Rule 21(a)Forward anchor light, distance below flight dk in meters; § 2(K), Annex IForward anchor light, number of; Rule 30(a)(i)AFT anchor light, distance below flight dk in meters; Rule 21(e), Rule 30(a)(ii)AFT anchor light, number of; Rule 30(a)(ii)Side lights, distance below flight dk in meters; § 2(g), Annex ISide lights, distance forward of forward masthead light in meters; § 3(b), Annex ISide lights, distance inboard of ship's sides in meters; § 3(b), Annex I
USS RONALD REAGANCVN-7631,090.56
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3. Table Five of § 706.2 is amended by adding, in numerical order, the following entry for USS RONALD REAGAN:

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Table Five

VesselNo.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 than 1/2 ship's length aft of forward masthead light. annex I, sec. 3(a)Percentage horizontal separation attained.
USS RONALD REAGANCVN 76X
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Dated: January 30, 2003.

D.G. Yacono,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-30420 Filed 12-8-03; 8:45 am]

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