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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 AMERICA (LHA 6) 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 October 22, 2013 and is applicable beginning September 19, 2013.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lieutenant Jocelyn Loftus-Williams, 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 202-685-5040.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This amendment provides notice that the DAJAG (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS AMERICA (LHA 6) 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(a) pertaining to the horizontal distance between the forward and aft masthead lights; Rule 21(a) pertaining to placement of masthead lights over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel; Annex I, paragraph 2(g) pertaining to the placement of sidelights above the hull of the vessel; and Annex I paragraph 3(b) pertaining to the location of fixture of side lights. 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
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the CFR as follows: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 as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
A. In Table Two by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS AMERICA (LHA 6); andEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
B. In Table Five by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS AMERICA (LHA 6).End Amendment Part
|Vessel||Number||Masthead lights, distance to stbd of keel in meters; Rule 21(a)||Forward anchor light, distance below flight dk in meters; § 2(K), Annex I||Forward 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 I||Side lights, distance forward of forward masthead light in meters; § 3(b), Annex I||Side lights, distance inboard of ship's sides in meters; § 3(b), Annex I|
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|USS AMERICA||LHA 6||9.00||2.8||89.3|
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|Vessel||Number||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 AMERICA||LHA 6||X||X||31.6|
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Approved: September 19, 2013.
Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).
Dated: September 25, 2013.
Lieutenant, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-24221 Filed 10-21-13; 8:45 am]
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