The Navy Radar Picket ship USS Interceptor was originally a Liberty ship, built quickly using materials and parts contaminated with asbestos. Now, many who served on her suffer from mesothelioma.
USS Interceptor (AGR 8) – Navy Radar Picket Ship
Classification: Radar Picket Ship
Status: Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling
Launch Date: 9/12/1945
Commission Date: 2/15/1956
Decommission Date: 9/1/1965
The USS Interceptor was originally launched as a Liberty Ship in 1945. However, in 1956 she was converted to a radar picket ship and designed to carry the latest in long range radar and communications equipment and to act as an ocean radar station ship. She served as an important part of America’s early warning system.
A radar picket is a ship that is equipped with radar and is used to increase the radar detection range around a force to protect it from surprise attacks. These ships first came to use in the military in World War II and proved useful in the Pacific. During the Cold War, Liberty Ships previously built in the Second World War were converted to radar pickets and used to line the east and west coast to create an overlapping radar or electronic barrier against approaching aircraft. Unfortunately, while protecting our country against attack, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board radar pickets. 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 a radar picket should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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