An Essex-class aircraft carrier,n the USS Shangri-La was built in WWII. Like other ships of that era, Norfolk Naval Shipyard used asbestos in its construction.
USS Shangri-La (CVS 38) (ex-CV 38, CVA 38) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Disposed of by MARAD Exchange
Launch Date: 2/24/1944
Commission Date: 9/15/1944
Decommission Date: 7/30/1971
The crew of the USS Shangri-La carried out raids against Japanese forces in Okinawa and Tokyo. For her service during the war, she earned two battle stars. After the war, she conducted training and readiness operations before entering a period of decommission. The USS Shangri-La was re-commissioned again in 1955 and deployed to the Far East. She then transferred to the Atlantic for tours in the Mediterranean. She returned to the Pacific after a 10 year absence to join the fleet and launch combat missions against Vietnam. The USS Shangri-La earned three battle stars for her service during Vietnam.
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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