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COAST GUARD APPROPRIATIONS AUTHORIZATION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1968

U.S. SENATE,

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10:10 a.m. in room 5110, New Senate Office Building, the Honorable E. L. Bartlett (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Bartlett and Griffin.

OPENING STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN Senator BARTLETT. The committee will be in order.

The subcommittee is meeting this morning to consider S. 3034 and H.R. 15224 bills to authorize appropriations for procurements of vessels and aircraft and construction of shore and offshore establishments for the Coast Guard.

H.R. 15224, as introduced in the House of Representatives is identical to the Senate measure, but the House committee amended the bill to include two additional high-endurance cutters. That bill passed the House with that amendment. Copies of the bills and the letter of transmittal from the Secretary of Transportation and a memorandum summarizing the various provisions of the bill will be placed in the hearing record.

(The material referred to follows:)

(S. 3034, 90th Cong., second sess.) A BILL To authorize appropriations for procurement of vessels and aircraft and construction of shore and

offshore establishments for the Coast Guard Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 1969 for the use of the Coast Guard as follows:

VESSELS
For procurement, extension of service life, and increasing capability of vessels,
$38,902,000.
A. Procurement:

(1) one high-endurance cutter;
(2) one oceanographic cutter;
(3) one coastal buoy tender;
(4) one ferryboat; and

(5) one river tender and barge. B. Increasing capability:

(1) install generators and air conditioning on five seagoing buoy tenders;
(2) improve habitability on two coastal buoy tenders;
(3) install air conditioning on one coastal buoy tender; and

(4) install balloon tracking radar on two high-endurance cutters and modify balloon tracking radar installation on one high-endurance cutter. Staff member assigned to this hearing: Stanley H. Barer.

(1)

C. Extension of service life:

(1) improve icebreakers; and

(2) increase fuel capacity and improve habitability on high-endurance cutters.

AIRCRAFT For procurement of aircraft, $14,636,000.

(1) nine medium-range helicopters.

CONSTRUCTION For establishment or development of installations and facilities by acquisition, construction, conversion, extension, or installation of permanent or temporary public works, including the preparation of sites and furnishing of appurtenances, utilities, and equipment for the following, $47,660,000.

(1) Depot, Greenville, Mississippi: Barracks, messing, and operations building; garage; mooring facilities;

(2) Moorings, Natchez, Mississippi: Mooring facilities;

(3) Station, Siuslaw River, Florence, Oregon: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building;

(4) Station, Hobucken, North Carolina: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building; convert existing building to garage and storage building, improve facilities;

(5) Moorings, Juneau, Alaska: Enlarge existing building to provide additional space for electronic spares shipping and receiving area, office space and other purposes;

(6) Station, Point Allerton, Hull, Massachusetts: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building; garage and workshop building; mooring facilities; helicopter pad;

(7) Station, Grays Harbor, Westport, Washington: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building;

(8) Station, Port Aransas, Texas: Repair and replace waterfront facilities;

(9) Loran Station, Cape San Blas, Gulf County, Florida: Barracks building; convert existing building for messing and recreation spaces; enlarge loran building, garage, and storage building;

(10 Station, Bayfield, Wisconsin: Barracks, messing, and operations building, pier facilities;

(11) Air Station, Mobile, Alabama: Barracks, BOQ, and messing building; training, recreational, and exchange facilities, hangar space conversion;

(12) Station, Cape Charles City, Virginia: Barracks, messing and operations building; mooring facilities, helicopter pad;

(13) Station, Annapolis, Maryland: Barracks, messing, and operations building; mooring facilities; (14) Western Long Island Sound Development:

(i) Station, New Haven, Connecticut: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building; mooring facilities;

(ii) Station, Eatons Neck, New York: Recondition barracks, operations, and administration building; improve waterfront facilities; and

(iii) Station, Fort Totten, New York: Recondition barracks, messing, administration, and work-storage facilities; (15) Base, Portsmouth, Virginia: Dredging, bulkheading, site development, utilities;

(16) Station, San Francisco, California: Barracks building, administration building, subsistence building, waterfront facilities;

(17) Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland: Modify buildings as necessary to provide for consolidation of metal trades;

(18) Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Barracks and messing facilities, waterfront facilities renewal;

(19) Base, Honolulu, Hawaii: Dock construction;
(20) Base, Galveston, Texas: Sewage system;
(21) Base, New York, Governors Island, New York: Sewage system;

(22) Station, Portsmouth Harbor, Newcastle, New Hampshire: Mooring facilities; garage and workshop buildings;

(23) Various locations: Aids to navigation projects including, where necessary, planning and acquisition of sites;

(24) Arkansas River: Aids to navigation to complete marking of river;
(25) Various locations: Automation of manned light stations;
(26) Various locations: Replace lightships with very large buoys;

(27) Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia: Galley/mess building;

(28) Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia: Advanced engineman school classroom and laboratory building;

(29) Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey: Gymnasium and recreation building;

(30) Training Center, Alameda, California: Recruit barracks;
(31) Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey: Medical-dental building;
(32) Various locations: Public family quarters;

(33) Various locations: Advance planning, construction, design, architectural services, and acquisition of sites in connection with projects not otherwise authorized by law; and

(34) Various locations: Automatic fixed station oceanographic sensor systems and monitor buoys. SEC. 2. Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 1969 for payment to bridge owners for the cost of alteration of railroad and public highway bridges to permit free navigation of the navigable waters of the United States in the amount of $5,800,000.

SEC. 3. During fiscal years 1969 through and including 1970, the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating is authorized to lease housing facilities at or near Coast Guard installations wherever located for assignment as public quarters to military personnel and their dependents, if any, without rental charge upon a determination by the Secretary, or his designee, that there is a lack of adequate housing facilities at or near such Coast Guard installations. Such housing facilities may be leased on an individual or multiple-unit basis. Expenditures for the rental of such housing facilities may not exceed the average authorized for the Department of Defense.

(H.R. 15224; 90th Cong., 2d sess.] AN ACT To authorize appropriations for procurement of vessels and aircraft and construction of shore and

offshore establishments for the Coast Guard

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 1969 for the use of the Coast Guard as follows:

VESSELS
For procurement, extension of service life, and increasing capability of vessels,
$67,907,000.
A. Procurement:

(1) three high-endurance cutters;
(2) one oceanographic cutter;
(3) one coastal buoy tender;
(4) one ferryboat; and

(5) one river tender and barge. None of the vessels authorized herein shall be procured from other than shipyards and facilities within the United States. B. Increasing capability:

(1) install generators and air conditioning on five seagoing buoy tenders;
(2) improve habitability on two coastal buoy tenders;
(3) install air conditioning on one coastal buoy tender; and

(4) install balloon tracking radar on two high endurance cutters and modify balloon tracking radar installation on one high endurance cutter. C. Extension of service life:

(1) improve icebreakers; and

(2) increase fuel capacity and improve habitability on high endurance cutters.

AIRCRAFT For procurement of aircraft, $14,636,000.

(1) nine medium-range helicopters.

CONSTRUCTION For establishment or development of installations and facilities by acquisition, construction, conversion, extension, or installation of permanent or temporary public works, including the preparation of sites and furnishing of appurtenances, utilities, and equipment for the following, $47,660,000.

(1) Depot, Greenville, Mississippi: Barracks, messing, and operations building; garage; mooring facilities;

(2) Moorings, Natchez, Mississippi: Mooring facilities;

(3) Station, Siuslaw River, Florence, Oregon: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building;

(4) Station, Hobucken, North Carolina: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building; convert existing building to garage and storage building, improve facilities;

(5) Moorings, Juneau, Alaska: Enlarge existing building to provide additional space for electronic spares shipping and receiving area, office space, and other purposes;

(6) Station, Point Allerton, Hull, Massachusetts: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building; garage and workshop building; mooring facilities; helicopter pad;

(7) Station, Grays Harbor, Westpoint, Washington: Barracks, messing, operations, and administration building;

(8) Station, Port Aransas, Texas: Repair and replace waterfront facilities;

(9) Loran Station, Cape San Blas, Gulf County, Florida: Barracks building; convert existing building for messing and recreation spaces; enlarge loran building, garage and storage building;

(10) Station, Bayfield, Wisconsin: Barracks, messing, and operations building, pier facilities;

(11) Air Station, Mobile, Alabama: Barracks, BOQ and messing building; training, recreational, and exchange facilities, hangar space conversion;

(12) Station, Cape Charles City, Virginia: Barracks, messing, and operations building; mooring facilities, helicopter pad;

(13) Station, Annapolis, Maryland: Barracks, messing, and operations building; mooring facilities; (14) Western Long Island Sound Development:

(i) Station, New Haven, Connecticut: Barracks, messing, operations, administration building; mooring facilities;

(ii) Station, Eatons Neck, New York: Recondition barracks, operations, and administration building; improve waterfront facilities; and

(iii) Station, Fort Totten, New York: Recondition barracks, messing, administration, and work-storage facilities; (15) Base, Portsmouth, Virginia: Dredging, bulkheading, site development, utilities;

(16) Station, San Francisco, California: Barracks building, administration building, subsistence building, waterfront facilities;

(17) Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland: Modify buildings as necessary to provide for consolidation of metal trades;

(18) Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Barracks and messing facilities, waterfront facilities renewal;

(19) Base, Honolulu, Hawaii: Dock construction;
(20) Base, Galveston, Texas: Sewage system;
(21) Base, New York, Governors Island, New York: Sewage system;

(22) Station, Portsmouth Harbor, Newcastle, New Hampshire: Mooring facilities; garage and workshop buildings;

(23) Various locations: Aids to navigation projects including, where necessary, planning and acquisition of sites;

(24) Arkansas River: Aids to navigation to complete marking of river;
(25) Various locations: Automation of manned light stations;
(26) Various locations: Replace lightships with very large buoys;
(27) Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia: Galley/mess building;

(28) Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia: Advanced Engineman School classroom and laboratory building;

(29) Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey: Gymnasium and recreation building;

(30) Training Center, Alameda, California: Recruit barracks;
(31) Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey: Medical-dental building;
(32) Various locations: Public family quarters;

(33) Various locations: Advance planning, construction, design, architectural services, and acquisition of sites in connection with projects not otherwise authorized by law; and

(34) Various locations: Automatic fixed station oceanographic sensor systems and monitor buoys.

Sec. 2. Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 1969 for payment to bridge owners for the cost of alteration of railroad and public highway bridges to permit free navigation of the navigable waters of the United States in the amount of $5,800,000.

SEC. 3. During fiscal years 1969 through and including 1970, the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating is authorized to lease housing facilities at or near Coast Guard installations wherever located for assignment as public quarters to military personnel and their dependents, if any, without rental charge upon a determination by the Secretary, or his designee, that there is a lack of adequate housing facilities at or near such Coast Guard installations. Such housing facilities may be leased on an individual or multiple unit basis. Expenditures for the rental of such housing facilities may not exceed the average authorized for the Department of Defense.

THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION,

Washington, D.C. February 6, 1968. Hon. HUBERT H. HUMPHREY, President of the Senate, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: There is transmitted herewith a draft of a bill, “To authorize appropriations for procurement of vessels and aircraft and construction of shore and offshore establishments for the Coast Guard."

This proposal is submitted under the requirements of Public Law 88–45 which provides that no funds can be appropriated to or for the use of the Coast Guard for the procurement of vessels or aircraft or the construction of shore or offshore establishments unless the appropriation of such funds is authorized by legislation.

This proposal includes, as it has previously, all items of acquisition, construction, and improvement programs for the Coast Guard to be undertaken in fiscal year 1969 even though the provisions of Public Law 88–45 appear to require authorization only for major facilities and construction. Inclusion of all items avoids the necessity for arbitrary separation of these programs into two parts with only one portion requiring authorization.

Not all items, particularly those involving construction, are itemized. Those involving aids to navigation, public family quarters, and advanced planning projects contain so many different particulars that their inclusion would have unduly lengthened the bill. As in the previous althorization Act, a separate section has been included for authorization of appropriations for payments to bridge owners for the replacement of bridges found to be presently obstructing free navigation on the navigable waters of the United States.

There has also been included an additional section continuing for the next two fiscal years the authority to lease housing facilities first included in Public Law 89-381. It had been anticipated that permanent authority would have been enacted prior to this time. However, the legislative proposal embodying this item is still being processed for submission to Congress. Since the Coast Guard is using this authority, its continuation until permanent legislation is enacted would be desirable.

In order to permit this authority to be used at overseas locations where similar problems regarding the adequacy and availability of housing exist, the language has been changed so as to permit the exercise of this authority at locations other than the United States and Puerto Rico. The limitation of the average authorized for the Department of Defense would still apply, however.

There is attached a memorandum listing in summary form the procurement and construction programs for which appropriations would be authorized by the proposed bill. In further support of the legislation, the cognizant legislative committees will be furnished detailed information with respect to each program for which fund authorization is being requested in a form identical to that which will be submitted in explanation and justification of the budget request. Additionally, the Department will be prepared to submit any other data that the committees or their staffs may require.

It would be appreciated if you would lay this proposal before the Senate. A similar proposal has been submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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