[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 73 (Tuesday, April 16, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 22421-22423]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08914]


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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

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Maritime Law) has determined that USS CORONADO (LCS 4) 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.

DATES: This rule is effective April 16, 2013 and is applicable 
beginning April 4, 2013.

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), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, 
has certified that USS CORONADO (LCS 4) 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 2 (a)(i), 
pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light at a height 
not less than 12 meters above the hull; Annex I, paragraph 3(a), 
pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light in the forward 
quarter of the ship, and the horizontal distance between the forward 
and after masthead 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, the DoN amends part 706 
of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations 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 as follows:

    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 One by revising the entry for USS CORONADO (LCS 4); and
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B. In Table Five by revising the entry for USS CORONADO (LCS 4).
    The revisions read as follows:


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 One
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                                                                                          Distance in meters of
                                                                                         forward masthead light
                           Vessel                                      Number            below minimum required
                                                                                         height. Sec.   2(a)(i)
                                                                                                 Annex I
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USS CORONADO................................................                        LCS 4                  4.20
 
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                                                                       Table Five
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                                                                                                                    After mast-head
                                                                            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 CORONADO........................................                  LCS ..................                  X                   X                16.5
 
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    Approved: April 4, 2013.
A.B. Fischer,
Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General 
(Admiralty and Maritime Law).
    Dated: April 8, 2013.
C.K. Chiappetta,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. 
Navy,Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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