USS Robert E Lee
A ballistic missile submarine, the USS Rober E Lee was built in 1959 using asbestos. Many who served on her now suffer from asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.
USS Robert E Lee (SSN 601) (Ex- SSBN 601) – Navy Submarine (Nuclear-Powered)
Status: Disposed of by Submarine Recycling
Launch Date: 12/18/1959
Commission Date: 9/16/1960
Decommission Date: 12/1/1983
The USS Robert E Lee conducted several practice torpedo firings throughout her early career. From 1961 – 1971 she was deployed to Holy Loch Scotland where she completed multiple deterrent patrols. After that, she spent time off the east coast of the United States as well as some time in the Pacific Ocean.
A submarine is a type of watercraft that has the ability to travel underwater. The first military submarine was the Turtle (1775), a hand-powered acorn-shaped device designed by the American David Bushnell to accommodate a single person. However, submarines were not widely used by the military until World War II. During the Second World War, the submarine force was the most effective anti-ship and anti-submarine weapon in the entire American arsenal, and was crewed by some of the bravest military personnel. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board submarines. 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 submarine should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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