The multi-purpose aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was built using asbestos. Veterans and shipbuilders were often exposed to the carcinogenic mineral and now suffer from cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
USS Forrestal (AVT 59) (ex-CVB 59, CVA 59, CV 59) – Auxiliary Aircraft Landing Ship
Classification: Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Status: Stricken, to be disposed of
Launch Date: 12/11/1954
Commission Date: 9/29/1955
Decommission Date: 9/11/1993
The USS Forrestal spent most of her time in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. She participated in training exercises frequently. The USS Forrestal is also known for her hospitality, when she docked at a port she was open to the public and offered tours to dignitaries. The King of Jordan and the Secretary of Defense were two visitors that she welcomed aboard.
Aircraft Carriers are war ships that are structured to deploy and recover aircraft. They are essentially traveling airbases that have been serving the Navy for one hundred years. These ships are very important to the Navy, and played a major role in World War II. Typically they are considered the capital ship of the fleet and are very expensive to build and maintain there are only twenty one currently operating throughout the world. Often called “floating cities” aircraft carries lack the fire power of other types of ships and are usually accompanied by several other ships in the fleet for protection. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board aircraft carriers. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping aboard these vessels.
Anyone who served on an aircraft carrier should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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