[British, Dutch, and Italian Claims for Fuel and Services for U.S. Navy Vessels]

B-180569,B-224905,B-225673: Nov 6, 1987

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The Navy requested a decision concerning foreign governments' claims for reimbursement for fuel and support services to naval vessels. GAO held that: (1) since the United Kingdom and Italy established the validity of their claims, they were entitled to reimbursement; and (2) it would not consider the Netherlands' claim, since it did not receive the claim within 6 years of the date of first accrual. GAO noted that since the claim involved matters of national security, the Navy should seek administrative relief for the Netherlands under appropriate legal provisions. Accordingly, two claims were sustained and the other denied.