Auxiliary ships in the Navy contained massive amounts of asbestos. While there are many types of ships in the Navy’s auxiliary force, seamen had a risk of asbestos exposure on every ship.
Asbestos and Auxiliary Ships Explained
It’s no secret that the U.S. Navy used asbestos widely on all of its vessels. As early as the 1930s, ships were loaded with the cancer-causing substance. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that ships started being built without the substance.
Asbestos is a light, naturally occurring mineral. It is an excellent material for insulation and fire resistance. Insulation is key to safety aboard Navy vessels because of the heat produced aboard. Asbestos was used to prevent fires.
Because the substance was cheap, it was widely used by the U.S. Navy for decades. In ships built before the 1980s, you could find asbestos-containing materials almost anywhere. Sadly, exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
Although the U.S. Navy used asbestos in all of its ships, the Navy itself is not responsible for the exposure. The responsible parties are the companies who built the asbestos-containing materials aboard the ships. Evidence has proven that asbestos manufacturers knew the mineral could cause cancer but hid the truth.
There is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Any seaman serving aboard auxiliary ships built prior to asbestos regulations has a risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
However, asbestos exposure in confined spaces or to large amounts of airborne fibers is related to a higher risk of developing an asbestos-related illness.
Veterans with mesothelioma do have options, though. They can pursue benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They may also qualify for financial compensation from the makers of asbestos-based products.
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List of Auxiliary Ships With Asbestos
Some ships that used asbestos include:
- USNS Sioux
- USNS Apache
- USNS Flint
- USNS Rappahannock
These ships are currently non-commissioned but still owned by the U.S. Navy. They are still in operation as part of the Military Sealift Command.
Beyond these four, many other ships used asbestos as well. The list of ships that were used in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force is extensive, including hundreds of different vessels.
These ships are currently non-commissioned but still owned by the U.S. Navy. They may still be in operation as part of the Military Sealift Command.