Newport News Shipbuilding built the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga during WWII. Asbestos was found throughout the ship.
USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) – Navy Aircraft Carrier
Classification: Multi-Purpose Aircraft Carrier
Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
Fleet: 5 th/3 rd
Launch Date: 2/7/1944
Commission Date: 5/8/1944
Decommission Date: 9/1/1973
USS Ticonderoga was a major force in the Pacific during World War II, especially in Luzon. Her planes shot down several enemy aircraft and also helped destroy multiple enemy ships. On January 21, 1945 she was hit by an enemy aircraft on her flight deck, catching several planes on fire. The captain wisely turned the ship out of the wind so the flames would not be spread, and ordered port side compartments flooded, which induced a 10 degree port list. This resulted in the planes that were on fire to fall overboard, thus extinguishing the flames. After repairs, she went back to the Pacific to spend the last days of the war in Japanese waters. Her planes bombarded ship yards, industrial sites, and air fields. She received five battle stars for her service in the Second World War. After the war, she transported over 1000 soldiers back to the United States. Between 1958 and 1963 USS Ticonderoga made five peacetime deployments to the Pacific, during which she conducted training operations. Her fifth deployment to the Pacific was interrupted by the start of the Vietnam War, in which she played a large role. Her planes targeted bridges, roads, warehouses, railroad cars, power plants, communication lines, transportation facilities, and supply lines. She received three Navy Unit Commendations, one Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 12 battle stars for her service during the Vietnam War.
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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