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S. 3722 (109th): Naval Vessels Transfer Act of 2006


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 8, 2006 (Referred to House Committee).


S 3722 RFH

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3722

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 8, 2006

Referred to the Committee on International Relations


AN ACT

To authorize the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients.

    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 `Naval Vessels Transfer Act of 2006'.

SEC. 2. TRANSFERS BY GRANT.

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

      (1) LITHUANIA- To the Government of Lithuania, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ships KINGFISHER (MHC-56) and CORMORANT (MHC-57).

      (2) PORTUGAL- To the Government of Portugal, the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigates GEORGE PHILIP (FFG-12) and SIDES (FFG-14).

      (3) TURKEY- To the Government of Turkey, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ship BLACK HAWK (MHC-58).

SEC. 3. TRANSFERS BY SALE.

    The President is authorized to transfer vessels to foreign recipients on a sale basis under section 21 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2761), as follows:

      (1) TAIWAN- To the authorities in Taiwan, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ships ORIOLE (MHC-55) and FALCON (MHC-59).

      (2) TURKEY- To the Government of Turkey, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ship SHRIKE (MHC-62).

      (3) MEXICO- To the Government of Mexico, the AUSTIN class amphibious transport dock ships OGDEN (LPD-5) and CLEVELAND (LPD-7).

SEC. 4. GRANTS NOT COUNTED IN ANNUAL TOTAL OF TRANSFERRED EXCESS DEFENSE ARTICLES.

    The value of a vessel transferred to another country on a grant basis pursuant to authority provided by section 2 shall not be counted against the aggregate value of excess defense articles transferred to countries in any fiscal year under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

SEC. 5. COSTS OF CERTAIN TRANSFERS.

    Notwithstanding section 516(e)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321j(e)(1)), any expense incurred by the United States in connection with a transfer authorized under section 2 shall be charged to the recipient.

SEC. 6. 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 section, 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. 7. APPROVAL OF TRANSFER OF NAVAL VESSELS TO FOREIGN NATIONS BY VESSEL CLASS.

    Section 7307(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting `or vessels of that class' after `that vessel'.

SEC. 8. EXPIRATION OF AUTHORITY.

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

Passed the Senate September 7 (legislative day, September 6), 2006.

Attest:

EMILY J. REYNOLDS,

Secretary.