[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 145 (Monday, July 29, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 45453-45454]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18100]


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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

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the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (DAJAG) Admiralty and 
Maritime Law has determined that USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) 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 July 29, 2013 and is applicable beginning 
July 16, 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) of the DoN, under authority delegated by the Secretary of 
the Navy, has certified that USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) 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 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, 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 as follows:

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1605.

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2. In Sec.  706.2, in Table 5, revise the entry for USS BUNKER HILL (CG 
52) to 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 Five
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                                                                                 After masthead
                                              Masthead light       Forward      light less than
                                               not over all     masthead light    \1/2\ ship's      Percentage
                                             other lights and   not in forward   length aft of      horizontal
            Vessel                  No.        obstructions       quarter of        forward         separation
                                             Annex I, Section   ship. Annex I,   masthead light      attained
                                                   2(f)          section 3(a)       Annex I,
                                                                                  Section 3(a)
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USS BUNKER HILL...............  CG 52.....  .................               X                X            36.98
 
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    Approved: July 16, 2013.
A.B. Fischer,
Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General 
(Admiralty and Maritime Law).
    Dated: July 18, 2013.
C.K. Chiappetta,
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-18100 Filed 7-26-13; 8:45 am]
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