Page Updated: June 12, 2019

Battleships and Asbestos

Battleships are large warships that are armored and equipped with numerous guns. They were designed to provide the Unite States Navy with complete protection and strong firepower. As strong as battleships are, however, many veterans now suffer from life-threatening illnesses after helping construct and repair these types of vessels.

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Sunken battleship

About Battleships

The strong battleships were considered the most powerful warships during the 19th and 20th centuries. During World War I, battleships dominated as the best naval weapon the military had. The dreadnought battleship (the most common type of battleship during the 20th century) remained the strongest vessel during the war. Although there weren’t too many challenges for battleships at the time, the Battle of Jutland in 1916, saw numerous U.S. battleships in action. 

When World War II began, however, battleships began to decline in their as the most powerful vessels. In fact, by the end of the war, the construction of battleships ceased. Most of the remaining battleships after the war were demolished, retired, or scrapped. Some battleships remain in historical museums.

Aircraft carriers replaced the once-powerful battleships. Battleships, to this day, still remain inactive.

Some of the notable U.S. battleships include the:

  • USS Maryland (BB-46)
  • USS Missouri (BB-63)
  • USS Arizona (BB-39)
  • USS Washington (BB-56)
  • USS New Jersey (BB-62)
  • USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  • USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  • USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  • USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  • USS Texas (BB-35)
  • USS Alabama (BB-60)
  • USS North Carolina (BB-55)

Battleships and Asbestos

Numerous vessels that were created during the nation’s major wars, including battleships, were built before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulated the use of asbestos in construction materials and other products in the late 1970s. According to the U.S. military records and documents, over 250 asbestos-containing products were used to construct vessels.

Many battleships had high asbestos levels in numerous areas and parts, including piping insulation, gaskets, flooring, ceilings, and more. People who worked aboard or around battleships (such as in shipyards) are at a heightened risk of develop a toxic asbestos-related illness, such as asbestos-related lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

Painters, electricians, crew workers, boilermakers, insulation installers, maintenance workers, and more, were exposed to asbestos each day they went to work.

The military used asbestos-containing products when constructing and repair battleships (and other types of vessels) due to its affordability, resistance to heat and fire, and ease of use.

Unfortunately, most veterans who worked on battleships didn’t wear (and weren’t required to wear) the proper protective when working around asbestos. In turn, many of these workers returned home with asbestos fibers stuck to the clothing, hair, and skin. This placed loved ones in the family home at risk of developing life-threatening illnesses as well.

Even worse, veterans and civilian workers were never told the dangers of working around asbestos on battleships. They didn’t know that once ingested or inhaled, asbestos fibers can lead to toxic, fatal illnesses such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, and asbestos-related lung cancer.

Additional Help and Assistance for Asbestos Victims

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