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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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UNCLAS STATE 101125

SIPDIS
WELLINGTON FOR ADAM SMITH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC NZ
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 051009880

REF: 2006 BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2-4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in
conducting a post-shipment check on license 051009880 for the
export of night vision goggles (NVGs) to
New Zealand. Post is requested to complete this Blue Lantern
check within 45 days. Lack of response to a Blue Lantern
check will affect pending and future licenses involving
parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: Due to the sensitivity of the
equipment and the potential for their diversion or misuse,
the Department of State and the Department of Defense have
policies of carefully scrutinizing NVG export licenses and
taking steps to ensure proper end-use. Provisos attached
to these licenses obligate the end-user to secure the NVGs
from loss, theft, or unauthorized access, and to perform
routine inventory checks by serial number. These records
are to be made available for review upon US Government
request.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to make inquiries with
appropriate officials
to confirm continued possession by Central South Island
Helicopters (CSIH) of
the NVGs, to determine the serial numbers of the NVGs, and
to verify that the NVGs are secure and being used only for
the purpose stated on the license; and to verify, as
stipulated by license proviso number 1, that the use of the
NVGs are for search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical
service (EMS) operations for the Government of
New Zealand Agencies ONLY; and finally, to confirm the
existence of a valid contract between CSIH and the GONZ
for said operations. Department requests
that post conduct a site visit, if possible, in order to
gather and verify this information. If a site visit is
not possible, please obtain official written confirmation
of receipt and possession and inform PM/DTCC case officer.

5. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:

DTC Case: 051009880

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

2 F4949 Night Vision Goggle, Gen III with FOM of 1600 or
less (Model F4949F)

License Value: USD 21,000.00

COMMENT: According to U.S. Customs data, 2 NVGs were
exported to New Zealand on 29 July 2007
END COMMENT

SELLER:

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc.
4632 W. Aeronca St.
Boise, ID 83705
POC is Chris Atwood, Tel. 208-287-5389

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Central South Island Helicopters
52 Ross Road, RD 80
Oamaru 9495
New Zealand
POC is CEO, John Oakes, Tel. 64 03 439 5656

FOREIGN END-USER:

Central South Island Helicopters
52 Ross Road, RD 80
Oamaru 9495
New Zealand
POC is CEO, John Oakes, Tel. 64 03 439 5656

PURPOSE:

Night vision goggles to be used for SAR and EMS purposes
during night air operations.

6. Submitted in support of the license application was
the following document (PM/DTCC can fax documentation to
post upon request):

--Limitations and Provisos document (License No. 051009880)
issued by the Department of State, Directorate of Defense
Trade Controls on 2 November 2006.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Tim Mazzarelli, Phone:
202-663-3867; Email: MazzarelliTP@state.gov; SIPRNET:
MazzarelliTP@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook
(ref) is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's
E-Book Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://buncheelectroniclibrary.state.gov/eboo ks/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%20 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this
matter.
CLINTON

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