USS York County
A De Soto County-class tank landing ship, the USS York County was constructed in 1956 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. It was built using asbestos.
USS York County (LST 1175) – Navy Tank Landing Ship
Classification: Tank Landing Ship
Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), Foreign Military Sale or Lease
Launch Date: 3/5/1957
Commission Date: 11/8/1957
Decommission Date: 7/17/1972
The USS York County spent a lot of her time in the Mediterranean and Caribbean conducting various types of exercises and missions such as; goodwill and peacekeeping missions, demonstration landings, evacuations, transports, recovery, surveillance duties, along with major fleet, antisubmarine, underway, amphibious assault, and independent ship exercises.
A tank landing ship supports amphibious operations by carrying significant amounts of vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore. These ships proved extremely useful during the war, however, the end of World War II left the Navy with a huge inventory of amphibious ships, specifically tank landing ships. These ships were scrapped or sunk, and a small amount were preserved for the future. Additionally, many of the tank landing ships were demilitarized and sold to the private sector or used as targets in aquatic nuclear testing after the war. World War II era tank landing ships have become somewhat ubiquitous, and have found a number of novel commercial uses, including operating as small freighters, ferries, and dredges. Crewmembers who sailed aboard tank landing ships brought essential equipment, cargo, goods, and troops to their destination on shore, all the while being exposed to Asbestos.
Anyone who served on a tank landing 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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