One of four supercarriers built in the 1950s, the New York Naval Shipyard constructed the USS Saratoga in 1955. Asbestos was found throughout the ship.
USS Saratoga (CV 60) (ex-CVA 60) – Navy Aircraft Carrier
Classification: Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Status: Stricken, to be disposed of by dismantling
Launch Date: 10/8/1955
Commission Date: 4/14/1956
Decommission Date: 9/30/1994
The USS Saratoga had the privilege of welcoming President Dwight D. Eisenhower and several members of his cabinet aboard to observe air operations and antisubmarine warfare guided missile operations. A major highlight of the President’s visit was the 3 hour non-stop flight of two F8U Crusaders across the country from the USS Bon Homme Richard on the west coast to the flight deck of the USS Saratoga in the Atlantic. She also welcomed President Richard M. Nixon aboard on Armed Forces Day in 1968 for firepower demonstrations. The USS Saratoga saw action during Vietnam, where she lost planes and men, but also killed 102 North Vietnamese soldiers and took out several enemy targets.
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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