A Radar Picket Ship, the USS Picket (originally laid down as the SS James F. Harrell) was constructed in 1945. J.A. Jones Construction Co built the ship using parts and components made from asbestos.
USS Picket (YAGR 7) – Navy Radar Picket Ship
Classification: Radar Picket Station Ship
Status: Transferred to Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet, scrapped in 1978
Launch Date: 5/17/1945
Commission Date: 2/8/1956
Decommission Date: 9/1/1965
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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