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Asbestos on Landing Ships

Many Navy Vessels, including landing ships, built before the 1980s are known to contain asbestos.

Naval convoy at sunset

A dock 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 dock 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.

USS Bristol County (LST 1198) – Navy Tank Landing Ship

  • Classification: Tank Landing Ship
  • Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.
  • Fleet: Pacific
  • Launch Date: 12/4/1971
  • Commission Date: 8/5/1972
  • Decommission Date: 7/29/1994

The USS Bristol County alternated between training operations and deployments to the Western Pacific until 1980.

USS Casa Grande (LSD 13) (ex-BAPM 5) – Navy Dock Landing Ship

  • Classification: Dock Landing Ship
  • Status: Disposed of by scrapping, dismantling
  • Fleet: 6th/Atlantic
  • Launch Date: 4/11/1944
  • Commission Date: 6/5/1944
  • Decommission Date: 10/6/1969

The USS Casa Grande sailed between ports in the South Pacific and Philippines during World War II transporting men and landing craft. She received three battle stars for her World War II service. After the war, she participated in several training exercises and provided humanitarian relief to remote parts of the world on several occasions. She was sent to the Ionian Islands to aid victims of earthquakes in 1953. The USS Case Grande helped establish a beach center for medical supplied and provisions to be sent to rescue parties in the mountains. When the started the return trip, she left behind a group of Marines who began rebuilding roads and homes. These Marines and those who served on the USS Casa Grande played a major role in humanitarian services for which the United States Navy has become known in the most remote corners of the earth.

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) – Navy Dock Landing Ship

  • Classification: Dock Landing Ship
  • Status: Active, In Commission
  • Fleet: Atlantic
  • Launch Date: 6/27/1987
  • Commission Date: 4/22/1989
  • Decommission Date: NA

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.

USS Oak Hill (LSD 7) (ex-APM 7) – Navy Dock Landing Ship

  • Classification: Dock Landing Ship
  • Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
  • Fleet: Pacific/Atlantic
  • Launch Date: 6/25/1943
  • Commission Date: 1/5/1944
  • Decommission Date: 10/26/1969

Built by Moore Dry Dock Co. and launched in 1943, like many WWII ships the USS Oak Hill had asbestos throughout the ship. The USS Oak Hill earned five battle stars for her service during World War II. She took part in the atomic and hydrogen bomb tests in the Marshalls.

USS Talbot County (LST 1153) – Navy Tank Landing Ship

  • Classification: Tank Landing Ship
  • Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
  • Fleet: 6th
  • Launch Date: 4/24/1947
  • Commission Date: 9/3/1947
  • Decommission Date: 4/3/1970

Boston Navy Yard built the USS Talbot, the leading tank landing ship of her class, in 1947. She was constructed using asbestos as an insulator throughout the ship. She supported the 6th fleet in the Mediterranean by bringing them fuel and aviation gasoline. She also operated along the Atlantic seaboard from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean.

USS Wood County (LST 1178) – Navy Tank Landing Ship

  • Classification: Tank Landing Ship
  • Status: Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration
  • Fleet: 6th
  • Launch Date: 12/14/1957
  • Commission Date: 8/5/1959
  • Decommission Date: 5/1/1972

The USS Wood County’s first deployment was to the Mediterranean. She made other deployments there as well as to the Caribbean. She participated in the operation off the Cuban coast in 1962 until the Soviet Union removed the missiles from Cuba. For the rest of her career, she regularly conducted training exercises and spent time in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, only cruising to a different region when she was called upon for a mission.

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
  • Fleet: 6th
  • 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.

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Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits involving active-duty or retired members of the U.S. military involve additional, complex legal issues and considerations.

At The Gori Law Firm, you’ll find lawyers with extensive experience in military asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and a staff that is highly qualified and specially trained to assist us in handling these difficult cases. We also work diligently to help people living with mesothelioma obtain a trial date within six to nine months from the time their lawsuit is filed.

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