U.S. Navy cruisers are warships that played important roles in some of the nation’s wars. However, as with many other vessels that were constructed prior to the late 1970s, cruisers contained an excessive amount of asbestos, leading to a plethora of veterans and their families developing life-threatening asbestos-related illnesses.
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About Navy Cruisers
U.S. Navy cruisers come in various different sizes, ranging from small protected cruisers to the enormous armored cruisers. According to the United States Navy, cruisers have the ability to take out airborne targets, as well as ocean, under waves, and on shore.
A formal limit was placed on cruisers in 1922 by the by Washington Naval Treaty. However, when World War II started, cruisers became the most vessels the Navy had, after battleships were no longer used. Cruisers were used for shore raiding and bombardment, commerce raid, air defense and more.
When the Cold War started, the Navy created guided-missile cruisers. Guided-missile cruisers were used to provide air defense for the military.
Today, six nations in the world operate cruisers, which include the United States, Japan, Greece, South Korea, Peru, and Russia. Only a few cruisers remain in operation for the Navy. The United States currently has 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers in use in the Navy.
Navy Cruisers and Asbestos
From the late 1920s until the late 1970s, asbestos was heavily used in the construction and repair of Navy cruisers. It was found in numerous parts of vessels, including:
- Boiler rooms
- Engine rooms
- Insulation for pipes
- Storage rooms, and more
The following are among a few of the cruisers are confirmed to have asbestos:
- USS Baltimore
- USS Columbus
- USS St. Paul
- USS Canberra
- USS Quincy
- USS Albany
- USS St. Paul
- USS Helena
- USS New Orleans
- USS Norfolk
- USS Ranger
Veterans at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma
Navy veterans are a group of people that unfortunately, are at a heightened risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, especially those who served prior to the late 1970s. Veterans who were responsible for repairing and/or upgrading cruisers had to pull out parts from the ships that were littered with asbestos, resulting in airborne asbestos fibers permeating throughout the air. Workers continuously inhaled the tiny, fine, and odorless asbestos fibers, unbeknownst to them.
Veterans who held the following job roles in the Navy are also at risk:
- Construction workers
- Crew members aboard the cruisers
Crew members were exposed to the hazardous mineral almost daily. As they performed their duties aboard cruisers, they were around asbestos literally anywhere on the vessels that they went. In addition, numerous crew members were required to work in small rooms with inadequate insulation, which heightened the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses even further.
In addition to veterans being at a heightened risk of developing an asbestos-related illness, children and spouses of veterans are at risk as well. Since workers weren’t given proper protection when working aboard cruisers, they would come home with asbestos fibers embedded in their work clothing, hair, and skin, resulting in second-hand exposure for family members.
If you served in the Navy, it’s important to get regular medical checkups from physician. Be certain to let your physician know that you may have worked around asbestos. If you lived with other people during your time in the military, it’s crucial that they receive medical checkups as well.
Help and Resources for Veterans and Their Loved Ones
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