USS Robert A Owens
Bath Iron Works built the USS Rober A Ownes in 1943. Like other WWII ships, asbestos was used throughout as an insulator.
USS Robert A Owens (DD 827) (ex- DDK 827, DDE 827) – Gearing Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) Section 516, Southern Region Amendment
Launch Date: 7/15/1946
Commission Date: 11/05/1949
Decommission Date: 2/16/1982
The USS Robert A Owens conducted hunter-killer operations, anti-submarine patrols, and participated in NATO exercises in the beginning of her career. In February of 1962 she assisted in the recovery of Mercury 2 and Mercury 6 space capsules. Later that year, she became a member of the Cuban Quarantine Task Force. After that her duties took her to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic, and Caribbean on various deployments.
Destroyers serve as quick and easily maneuvered warships which generally escort larger ships in the fleet. They also serve as protection for the larger ships from torpedo and submarine attacks. Destroyers were usually outfitted with anti-aircraft guns and anti-submarine weapons, however, despite being heavily armed and prepared for any emergency, destroyers were the most frequently sunk ship during World War II. The men on these ships faced a number on dangers on a day to day basis. A danger they faced, unknowingly, was Asbestos. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.
Anyone who served on a destroyer should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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