A tug built in 1945, like other WWII ships, it was constructed using asbestos materials and parts.
USS Salinan (ATF 161) – Navy Tug
Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.
Launch Date: 7/20/1945
Commission Date: 11/9/1945
Decommission Date: early 9/1/1978
The USS Salinan was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation four times, more than any other vessel in her class. Other awards she received consist of; World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (twice), and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for her service in Cuba.
Tugs are vessels that are used to tow or maneuver larger vessels while in harbors, open water, or slight passages. These ships are small, but have amazing strength. During World War II, tugs were used to transport disabled vessels and to pilot large ships through narrow canals. Unfortunately, while assisting other ships in the fleet, men on tugs were exposed to asbestos while aboard these vessels. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.
Anyone who served on a harbor tug should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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