[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39629-39630]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16324]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy

32 CFR Part 706


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

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: 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) of the DoN has determined that USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) 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 July 5, 2012 and is applicable beginning 
June 25, 2012.

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 number: 202-685-5040.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 
U.S.C. 1605, the DoN amends 32 CFR part 706.
    This amendment provides notice that the DAJAG (Admiralty and 
Maritime Law) of the DoN, under authority delegated by the Secretary of 
the Navy, has certified that USS HARRY S. TRUMAN 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: Annex I, 
paragraph 3(a), pertaining to the placement of the forward masthead 
light in the forward quarter of the ship; Annex I, paragraph 2(g), 
pertaining to the placement of the sidelights above the hull; and Annex 
I, paragraph 2(i)(iii), pertaining to the vertical line spacing of the 
task 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.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706

    Marine safety, Navigation (water), and Vessels.

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

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

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1. The authority citation for part 706 continues to read:

    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 revising the entry for USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75);
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B. In Table Four, paragraph 22, by adding, in alpha numerical order, 
the following entry for USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75); and
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C. In Table Five by revising the entry for USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 
75).


Sec.  706.2  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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                                                                                                   Forward                                                            Side lights,
                                                                                                   anchor                    AFT anchor                 Side lights,    distance    Side lights,
                                                                                    Masthead       light,        Forward       light,      AFT anchor     distance     forward of     distance
                                                                                     lights,      distance       anchor       distance       light,     below flight     forward     inboard of
                    Vessel                                   Number                distance to  below flight     light,     below flight   number of;       dk in       masthead    ship's sides
                                                                                  stbd of keel      dk in      number of;       dk in         Rule      meters; Sec.    light in     in meters;
                                                                                   in meters;   meters; Sec.      Rule      meters; Rule    30(a)(ii)        2(g),    meters; Sec.  Sec.   3(b),
                                                                                   Rule 21(a)        2(K),      30(a)(i)     21(e), Rule                   Annex I         3(b),       Annex I
                                                                                                   Annex I                    30(a)(ii)                                  Annex I
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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN...........................  CVN 75..........................        30.02   ............            1   ............            1          0.46   ............  ............

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                                                   Table Four
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22. * * *
                        Vessel                                    Number             Vertical separation of the
                                                                                      task light array is not
                                                                                      equally spaced, the
                                                                                      separation between the
                                                                                      middle and lower task
                                                                                      light exceed the
                                                                                      separation between the
                                                                                      upper and middle light by
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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN..................................  CVN 75......................  0.18 meter
 
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                                                                                                                    After masthead
                                                                            Masthead lights    Forward  masthead  light less than \1/     Percentage
                                                                          not over all other     light  not in     2\ ship's length       horizontal
                 Vessel                               Number                  lights and      forward quarter of    aft of forward        separation
                                                                             obstructions.      ship. annex I,      masthead light.        attained
                                                                          annex I, sec. 2(f)       sec. 3(a)      annex I, sec. 3(a)
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USS HARRY S. TRUMAN....................  CVN 75.........................  ..................                  X   ..................  ..................
 
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C.J. Spain,
Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), 
Acting.
    Dated: June 26, 2012.
L.R. Almand,
Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register 
Liaison Officer.
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