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S. 1863 (108th): Transfer of Naval Vessels Act of 2003

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 17, 2003 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).


S 1863 PCS

Calendar No. 389

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1863

To authorize the transfer of certain naval vessels.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14 (legislative day, NOVEMBER 12), 2003

Mr. LUGAR (for himself and Mr. BIDEN) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

November 17, 2003

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


A BILL

To authorize the transfer of certain naval vessels.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Transfer of Naval Vessels Act of 2003’.

SEC. 2. AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER BY GRANT.

    (a) AUTHORITY- The President is authorized to transfer vessels to foreign countries on a grant basis under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321(j)) as follows:

      (1) The OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigate USS GEORGE PHILIP (FFG 12) to the Government of Bahrain.

      (2) The OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigate USS SIDES (FFG 14) to the Government of Portugal.

    (b) GRANTS NOT COUNTED AGAINST AGGREGATE VALUE OF TRANSFERRED EXCESS DEFENSE ARTICLES- The value of a vessel transferred to another country on a grant basis under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321j) pursuant to authority provided by subsection (a) shall not be counted for the purposes of subsection (g) of that section in the aggregate value of excess defense articles transferred to countries under that section in any fiscal year.

    (c) COSTS OF TRANSFERS- Any expense incurred by the United States in connection with a transfer authorized to be made on a grant basis under subsection (a) shall be charged to the recipient (notwithstanding section 516(e)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (2 U.S.C. 2321j(e)(1))).

SEC. 3. AUTHORITY TO TRANSFER BY SALE.

    The President is authorized to transfer the SPRUANCE class destroyer FLETCHER (DD 992) to the Government of Chile on a sales basis under section 21 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2761).

SEC. 4. REPAIR AND REFURBISHMENT IN UNITED STATES SHIPYARDS.

    To the maximum extent practicable, the President shall require, as a condition of the transfer of a vessel under this Act, that the country to which the vessel is transferred have such repair or refurbishment of the vessel as is needed, before the vessel joins the naval forces of that country, performed at a shipyard located in the United States, including a United States Navy shipyard.

SEC. 5. EXPIRATION OF AUTHORITY.

    The authority to transfer a vessel under this section shall expire on the date at the end of the 2-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

Calendar No. 389

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1863

A BILL

To authorize the transfer of certain naval vessels.


November 17, 2003

Read the second time and placed on the calendar