Ship Builders, Navy Veterans and Asbestos

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More than thirty percent (30%) of Americans with mesothelioma cancer were exposed to asbestos while serving in the United States Military. Many more were Naval Contractors, and Shipyard Workers, who helped build and service Navy and commercial vessels. Asbestos exposure is the only cause of Malignant Mesothelioma.

Virginia Shipyard Worker Exposure to Asbestos

Armed Forces Veterans and shipyard workers who served between 1940 and 1970 have a great risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma

Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards, such as the Newport News Shipbuilding, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Horne Brothers Shipyard from the 1930s through the 1970s, are at a high risk for developing a disease due to asbestos exposure.


Navy Ships

Nearly all branches of the military and commercial vessels utilized asbestos for insulation purposes. More than three hundred asbestos containing products were used by the military, primarily by the Navy from, the 1930s through the 1970s. Every Navy and commercial ship built before the 1970s employed numerous asbestos-containing materials, putting veterans, sailors and Shipbuilders at risk.

These asbestos materials were used throughout Navy and commercial vessels. Personnel who worked below deck were exposed to asbestos dust consistently. All sailors, shipbuilders, and ship repair workers aboard Navy and commercial vessels are at risk for Mesothelioma, as asbestos was used in navigation rooms, sleeping quarters, mess halls, engine rooms, boiler rooms and throughout the ships.

Asbestos could also be found in gaskets, valves, cements, adhesives, and floor and pipe coverings, and brakes. Because of the extensive use of Asbestos materials and Asbestos-containing products, Virginia Navy veterans and shipyard workers are one of the most at-risk groups for developing Malignant Mesothelioma Lung Cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.


Ships Built by Northrop Grumman in Newport News, VA.

Formerly the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company (NNS), the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGS) Corporation is the result of a 2008 merger between Grumman Newport News and the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. Northrop Grumman Newport News has been building commercial ships since 1890, and military vessels since 1893.

NGS is the only shipbuilding company in the United States that designs, builds and refuels nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. It is also one of only two companies that designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines. Northup Grunman Newport News shipyard provides services for both naval and commercial vessels of all types, and in their more than 100 years of existence, they have built hundreds of both commercial and naval vessels.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, not unlike many major shipbuilding companies, regularly put some of its employees in hazardous environments. This was particularly true with regard to asbestos exposure. Due to the nature of ship construction, demolition and repair work that took place at NGS, shipyard workers are susceptible to inhaling toxic asbestos fibers as they worked.

If you worked for Northup Gruman, Newport News, worked aboard on a ship, or were stationed aboard a vessel built in the Newport News shipyard, you may have been exposed to asbestos and be at risk for mesothelioma cancer.

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