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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 SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711) 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.

DATES:

This rule is effective December 12, 2008 and is applicable beginning 20 November 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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 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 SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711) 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 location of the masthead lights over the fore and aft centerline 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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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

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

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1605.

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2. Section 706.2 is amended as follows:

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A. In Table Two by adding, in numerical order, the following entry for USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711):

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Certifications of the Secretary of the Navy under Executive Order 11964 and 33 U.S.C. 1605.
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Table Two

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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
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USS SAN FRANCISCOSSN 7110.41
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Approved: November 20, 2008.

M. Robb Hyde,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-29435 Filed 12-11-08; 8:45 am]

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