Text of the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2008

This bill was introduced on July 29, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 10, 2008 (Reported by Senate Committee).

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Calendar No. 949


2d Session

S. 3052

[Report No. 110–451]


May 22, 2008

(for himself and Mr. Lugar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

September 10, 2008

Reported by , without amendment


To provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2008.


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 Pakistan, the OLIVER HAZARD PERRY class guided missile frigate MCINERNEY (FFG–8).



To the Government of Greece, the OSPREY class minehunter coastal ships OSPREY (MHC–51) and ROBIN (MHC–54).



To the Government of Chile, the KAISER class oiler ANDREW J. HIGGINS (AO–190).



To the Government of Peru, the NEWPORT class amphibious tank landing ships FRESNO (LST–1182) and RACINE (LST–1191).


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) 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 (22 U.S.C. 2321j).


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 (notwithstanding section 516(e) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321j(e))).


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.

September 10, 2008

Reported without amendment