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(1)Every person subject to this Act who, without being guilty of desertion.—
(a)absents himself without leave ; or
(b)improperly leaves his ship or place of duty,
shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or any less punishment authorised by this Act, and to such other punishment by way of forfeiture of pay or other benefits as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Admiralty.
(2)Every person subject to this Act who incites any other person subject thereto to absent himself, or to leave his ship or place of duty, in contravention of this section shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or any less punishment authorised by this Act.
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