The Support Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet spent most of her time int he Pacific. Decommissioned in 1970, many veterans who served on her were exposed to asbestos dust.
USS Hornet (CVS 12) (ex-KEARSARGE CV 12, CVA 12) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Donated as a Museum and Memorial
(Currently located at Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, California).
Launch Date: 8/30/1943
Commission Date: 11/29/1943
Decommission Date: 6/26/1970
During World War II the USS Hornet spent most of her time in the Pacific. She participated in several raids on several different locations, however perhaps her most notable took place in the Philippines that resulted in the destruction of an entire Japanese convoy in Ormoc Bay. She also supported the amphibious landing assault on Iwo Jima. Her aircraft also joined in on an attack that sank the mighty Japanese battleship Yamato and her entire task force as it closed Okinawa. The USS Hornet received the Presidential Unit Citation and seven battle stars for her service during World War II.
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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