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Asbestos on Tugs

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

Naval convoy at sunset

Tugs are vessels that are used to tow or maneuver larger vessels while in harbors, open water, or slight passages. These ships are small, but have amazing strength. During World War II, tugs were used to transport disabled vessels and to pilot large ships through narrow canals. Unfortunately, while assisting other ships in the fleet, men on tugs were exposed to asbestos while aboard these vessels. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.

Anyone who served on a harbor tug should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.

USS Allaquippa (YTM 174) (ex-YTB 174) – Navy Medium Harbor Tug

  • Classification: Harbor Tug
  • Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
  • Launch Date: 1941
  • Commission Date: 8/1941
  • Decommission Date: early 1973

A Harbor Tug made using asbestos, anyone who served on the USS Allquippa who now suffers from mesothelioma or lung cancer should call for a free consultation.

USS Salinan (ATF 161) – Navy Tug

  • Classification: Tug
  • Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.
  • Fleet: Atlantic
  • Launch Date: 7/20/1945
  • Commission Date: 11/9/1945
  • Decommission Date: early 9/1/1978

The USS Salinan was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation four times, more than any other vessel in her class. Other awards she received consist of; World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (twice), and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for her service in Cuba.

USS Yuma (AT 94) – Navy Tug

  • Classification: Tug
  • Status: Disposed of through Navy Transfer
  • Fleet: 7th/5th
  • Launch Date: 7/17/1943
  • Commission Date: 8/31/1943
  • Decommission Date: 11/11/1955

The USS Yuma served in the Pacific during the Second World War, earning two battle stars for towing battle-damaged and kamikaze-crashed ships to safety. She also earned two battle stars for her service in the Korean War.

We Can Help

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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