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Within the US military, naval shipyards were one of the most common sites for asbestos exposure. Shipyards serviced hundreds of Naval and commercial vessels that utilized construction materials and machinery parts containing asbestos. Sailors and civilian's alike endured hazardous conditions while repairing and maintaining the vessels used to protect our country.
Predominantly used in the years between 1940 and 1972, asbestos was a widely used insulate because of its resistance to fire and its ability to protect against heat. Although the harmful effects of these asbestos-based products were unbeknownst to the military, the products were used in the construction and maintenance of hundreds of battleships, cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers and submarines.
Although there was risk involved in the initial construction of the vessels, the most widespread asbestos-exposure danger lay with the operation and maintenance of the Navy vessels. During routine operations, maintenance and repairs, servicemen were exposed to asbestos fibers and rarely wore preventative equipment to prevent inhalation or ingestion of asbestos, as they were not warned to do so! When asbestos-containing materials were torn out and replaced, the work released the asbestos fibers into the air, potentially exposing all in vicinity of the work. Workers who regularly performed repairs and maintenance work in boiler rooms, machinery spaces, bilges, engine rooms and the like, or who took on the roles of welding, painting or working parties in the machinery spaces, were often directly subjected to substantial asbestos exposure.
The shipyard and naval population has been largely affected by pleural mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Although the precise number of veterans affected by asbestos aboard ship and in shipyards remains unidentified, the opportunity for many to develop cancers of the lung or respiratory areas in the upcoming years will certainly rise.
It is important to seek the advice of a medical professional if you have been exposed to asbestos, as mesothelioma's long latency causes symptoms to sometimes not occur for upwards of 40 years after initial exposure. To learn more about your medical and legal options, please contact one of skilled attorneys at Coady Law to discover what your next steps should be.
If you or a loved one worked at any of the following shipyards-or others- there is an increased likelihood that they experienced exposure to asbestos:
  • Alabama Dry Dock - Alabama (AL)
  • Albina Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • American Bridge Shipyard (Orange) - Texas (TX)
  • American Ship Building - Ohio (OH)
  • AMFELS - Texas (TX)
  • Astoria Voyage Repair Station - Oregon (OR)
  • Atlantic Dry Dock - Florida (FL)
  • Avondale Industries - Louisiana (LA)
  • Baltimore Marine Industries - Maryland (MD)
  • Barbas Cut Docks - Texas (TX)
  • Bath Iron Works - Maine (ME)
  • Bender Shipbuilding - Alabama (AL)
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Bloodworth Bond - Texas (TX)
  • Boats of Freeport - Texas (TX)
  • Bollinger Shipyard - Louisiana (LA)
  • Braswell Services Group - South Carolina (SC)
  • Bremerton Naval Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard (aka New York Navy Shipyard) - New York (NY)
  • Brown Shipyard - Texas (TX)
  • Caddell Dry Dock - New York (NY)
  • California Navy Shipyard - California (CA)
  • Carolina Shipping Company - South Carolina (SC)
  • Cascade General Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Charleston Navy Shipyards - South Carolina (SC)
  • Charlestown Navy Yard (aka Boston Navy Yard) - Massachusetts (MA)
  • Colonna's Shipyard - Virginia (VA)
  • Conrad Industries - Louisiana (LA)
  • Consolidated Steel Shipyards - California (CA)
  • Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard - Maryland (MD)
  • Defoe Shipyard - Michigan (MI)
  • Detyens Shipyards - South Carolina (SC)
  • Duwamish Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Dyer Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Fore River Shipbuilding - Massachusetts (MA)
  • Galveston Docks - Texas (TX)
  • General Dynamics NASSCO - California (CA)
  • General Ship Corporation - Massachusetts (MA)
  • GMD Shipyard - New York (NY)
  • Groton Electric Boat Company - Connecticut (CT)
  • Groton Naval Base - Connecticut (CT)
  • Gulf Marine Repair Corporation - Florida (FL)
  • Houston Shipyards - Texas (TX)
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard - California (CA)
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding - Mississippi (MS)
  • Ingleside Naval Station - Texas (TX)
  • Kaiser Shipyard - California (CA)
  • Kane Shipbuilding - Texas (TX)
  • Key Highway Shipyard - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Lake Union Drydock - Washington (WA)
  • Little Creek Amphibious Base - Virginia (VA)
  • Lockheed Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard - California (CA)
  • Lyon Shipyard - Virginia (VA)
  • Marco Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard (aka Mare Island Naval Station) - California (CA)
  • Mayport Navy Station - Florida (FL)
  • Moore Dry Dock - California (CA)
  • Naval Station Everett - Washington (WA)
  • Naval Weapons Station - New Jersey (NJ)
  • New London Shipyard (aka New London Naval Submarine Base) - Connecticut (CT)
  • New York Shipbuilding Corporation - New Jersey (NJ)
  • Newport News Naval Shipyard - Virginia (VA)
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard (aka Gosport Shipyard) - Virginia (VA)
  • Northwest Marine Ironworks - Oregon (OR)
  • Offshore Shipbuilding Co. - Florida (FL)
  • Orange Shipbuilding - Texas (TX)
  • Pearl Harbor Shipyard - Hawaii (HI)
  • Penn Shipbuilding - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Pennsylvania Shipyard (Beaumont) - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Pensacola Naval Air Station - Florida (FL)
  • Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (aka Philadelphia Naval Base) - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Port Adams Shipyard - Texas (TX)
  • Portland Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - Maine (ME)
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - New Hampshire (NH)
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Richmond Shipyards - California (CA)
  • Rough & Ready Island Ship Repair - California (CA)
  • San Diego Naval Shipyard - California (CA)
  • San Francisco Drydock - California (CA)
  • Seward Ships Drydock - Alaska (AK)
  • South Portland Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Southwest Marine - California (CA)
  • Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic - Washington (WA)
  • Sun Shipbuilding - Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Swan Island Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Tacoma Drydock - Washington (WA)
  • Tampa Bay Shipbuilding - Florida (FL)
  • Terminal Island Naval Operating Base - California (CA)
  • Terminal Island Naval Shipyard - California (CA)
  • The Hendry Corporation - Florida (FL)
  • Todd Shipyards Brooklyn - New York (NY)
  • Todd Shipyards Los Angeles - California (CA)
  • Todd Shipyards Oakland - California (CA)
  • Todd Shipyards San Francisco - California (CA)
  • Tongue Point Naval Shipyard - Oregon (OR)
  • Trinity Marine Group - Texas (TX)
  • USX Shipyard - Virginia (VA)
  • Vancouver Shipyard - Washington (WA)
  • Voyage Repair Station Port Angeles - Washington (WA)
  • Washington Navy Yard - Washington D.C. (DC)
  • Western Shipyard - California (CA)
  • Willamette Iron and Steel Yard - Oregon (OR)

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