The USS Randolph was an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during WWII. The Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company used asbestos as an insulator throughout the ship.
USS Randolph (CVS 15) (ex-CV 15, CVA 15) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
Launch Date: 5/10/1943
Commission Date: 10/9/1944
Decommission Date: 2/13/1969
The USS Randolph began combat in 1944, and her first mission was to support the invasion of Iwo Jima and to attack targets in the Japanese islands and the Bonins. In March of 1945, the ship was hit by a suicide bomber plane and she tragically lost 25 crewmembers and 106 others were wounded. She received three battle stars for her service during World War II. After she was transferred to the Atlantic fleet, she made two trips from the Mediterranean to the United States, bringing servicemen home to their families. The USS Randolph was the primary recovery ship for Astronaut John Glenn on his first orbital voyage in space. After his historic three orbit flight, he landed near destroyer USS Noa, from which he was transferred by helicopter to USS Randolph.
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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