IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 7, 2007
Mr. Biden (for himself and Mr. Lugar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
To provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients.
This Act may be cited as the
Naval Vessel Transfer Act of
Transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients
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:
To the Government of Turkey—
the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigates GEORGE PHILIP (FFG–12) and SIDES (FFG–14); and
the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ship BLACKHAWK (MHC–58).
To the Government of Lithuania, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ships CORMORANT (MHC–57) and KINGFISHER (MHC–56).
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:
To the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office of the United States (which is the Taiwan instrumentality designated pursuant to section 10(a) of the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. 3309(a))), the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ships ORIOLE (MHC–55) and FALCON (MHC–59).
To the Government of Turkey, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ship SHRIKE (MHC–62).
Grants not counted in annual total of transferred excess defense articles
The value of a vessel transferred to a recipient on a grant basis pursuant to authority provided by subsection (a) or (c) shall not be counted against the aggregate value of excess defense articles transferred in any fiscal year under section 516 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
Costs of transfers
Any expense incurred by the United States in connection with a transfer authorized by this section shall be charged to the recipient.
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 recipient 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 the recipient performed at a shipyard located in the United States, including a United States Navy shipyard.
Expiration of authority
The authority to transfer a vessel under this section shall expire at the end of the 2-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.