The support aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was built during WWII and saw action in Vietnam as well. Built using asbestos, many who served on her now suffer from mesothelioma or lung cancer.
USS Intrepid (CVS 11) (ex-CV 11, CVA 11) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Donated as a Museum and Memorial
(Currently located at Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Ave, New York, New York).
Launch Date: 8/30/1943
Commission Date: 11/29/1943
Decommission Date: 6/26/1970
The USS Intrepid was very active during both World War II and Vietnam, and has one of the most distinguished service records of any Navy Ship. Her operations during World War II took her throughout the Pacific to Truk, Kwajalein, Ennuebing, the Marshall Islands, the Phillipines, Okinawa, Formosa, and many more. Her planes participated in several attacks and raids on the Japanese, sinking a number of ships, shooting down numerous planes, and destroying important air fields and shipping ports. She did suffer damage on 3 occasions, two of which resulted in the death of crewmembers and several injuries. The first, and the most devastating to her structure, took place in February of 1944. She was hit by a torpedo that partially flooded her and required major damage control. The crew fashioned a handmade sail to help keep her on course and the USS Intrepid made it to Pearl Harbor a week later for repairs. In October of the same year, she sustained a kamikaze hit that killed ten and injured six. October of the following year she was hit again by a Japanese plane that killed eight and injured twenty-one. After the war, she received a number of upgrades and participated in training exercises. In 1962, the USS Intrepid was selected to be the principal ship in the recovery team for astronaut Scott Carpenter and his Project Mercury Space Capsule. In 1965 she was asked again to prepare for the rescue of the Gemini spacecraft which was the first controlled re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. In Vietnam, her pilots recorded the fastest launching times from a carrier, with 28 and 26 second intervals between launches. In 1982, the USS Intrepid was opened to the public in New York City as the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. It remains open to this day, and this historic landmark has welcomed more than 10 million visitors.
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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