Department of the Navy, DoD.
The Department of the Navy (DoN) 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 (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply 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.
This rule is effective November 5, 2010 and is applicable beginning October 13, 2010.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lieutenant Commander Ted Cook, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Admiralty Attorney, (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.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the DoN amends 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 706.
This amendment provides notice that the DAJAG (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with the following specific provisions of 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship: Annex I, paragraph 3(c), pertaining to the placement of task lights not less than two meters from the fore and aft centerline of the ship in the athwartship direction. The DAJAG (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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the CFR as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 706—CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 706 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Section 706.2 is amended in Table Four, Paragraph 15 by adding the following entry for USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) in alphanumerical order by DDG number:End Amendment Part
15. * * *
|Vessel||Number||Horizontal distance from the fore and aft centerline of the vessel in the athwartship direction|
|* * * * * * *|
|USS OSCAR AUSTIN||DDG 79||1.89 meters.|
|* * * * * * *|
Approved: October 13, 2010.
M. Robb Hyde,
Commander, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).
Dated: October 28, 2010.
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-27927 Filed 11-4-10; 8:45 am]
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