A Saipan-class light aircraft carrier, and latter an command ship, the USS Wright was built late in WWII. The New York Shipbuilding Corporation used asbestos throughout the ship in its construction.
USS Wright (CVL 49) – Navy Light Aircraft Carrier
Classification: Light Aircraft Carrier
Status: Sold for Scrap
Fleet: 6 th/2 nd/7 th
Launch Date: 9/1/1945
Commission Date: 2/9/1947
Decommission Date: 5/27/1970
The USS Wright started her service conducting air defense drills and gunnery practice while acting as a qualification carrier for student pilots in which she conducted 40 operational cruises. On her first deployment she sailed to the Mediterranean to conduct fleet training and readiness exercises. USS Wright also operated off the coast of Korea and Okinawa briefly before returning to the United States. In 1962, she was reclassified CC 2 and converted into a command ship. Over the next six years she performed her assigned mission as the National Emergency Command Post Afloat, operating primarily off the Virginia Capes.
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.
Command ships were typically the flagship for the Commander of the Fleet and were used to provide communications, office space, and accommodations for the Commander of the Fleet and his staff in order to coordinate fleet activities. The men on these ships organized missions and made decisions that directly affected the men in the fleet. While they made decisions that put the troops in danger, a danger they faced, unknowingly, was Asbestos.
Anyone who served on an aircraft carrier or command ship should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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