USS Iwo Jima
The Iwo Jima was built in 1960 and had a proud career. Decommissioned in 1993, she was built with materials and parts contaminated with asbestos.
USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2) – Navy Amphibious Assault Ship
Classification: Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)
Status: Disposed of by Navy sale
Launch Date: 9/17/1960
Commission Date: 8/26/1961
Decommission Date: 7/14/1993
The USS Iwo Jima participated in many events during her career, most of which are very well known. In her early career, she participated in nuclear tests, was part of the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, deployed to Vietnam, and recovered Apollo 13. Later in her career she moved to the Atlantic and was stationed off Lebanon and participated in Desert Storm/Desert Shield.
Amphibious Assault ships were built to support ground forces during an amphibious attack. Its role is different than that of an aircraft carrier, as the assault ships transport helicopters that support forces ashore. In the Pacific theater of World War II, these ships would escort landing ships and troop carriers during the island hopping campaign. In this role, they would provide air cover for troops as well as fly the first wave of attacks on the beach. These brave men were faced with danger every day, even on their own ships. Asbestos was used in pipe insulation in amphibious assault ships constructed during this time.
Anyone who served on an amphibious assault ship should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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