Asbestos Exposure on Navy Vessels: Destroyer Escort

Destroyer Escort Asbestos Exposure in Virginia

Newport News Shipbuilders, Navy Veterans and Veterans of the Armed Forces are at risk for Mesothelioma Cancer if they helped build, repair, or served aboard a Destroyer Escort before 1970. Asbestos was used on Destroyer Escorts because of its resistance to fire. Naval Contractors and Virginia Shipyard Workers who assisted in the:

  • Construction of Destroyer Escorts
  • Destroyer Escort Repair
  • Destroyer Escort Demolition
  • Renovation of Destroyer Escorts

are all at risk for contracting Mesothelioma Cancer due to exposure to asbestos dust and fibers. The following is a list of Destroyer Escorts that used Asbestos and that are sites of Asbestos Exposure.

If you served or worked aboard a Destroyer Escort and think you were exposed to Asbestos or have contracted Malignant Mesothelioma Lung Cancer, contact our attorneys to learn your rights.

Destroyer Escorts

There is virtually no portion of a U.S. Navy Ship built before the mid 1970s that is free from some asbestos material or asbestos products. Asbestos can be found in Destroyer Escort's boiler, fire, and engine rooms, and specifically, in numerous cables, gaskets, valves, adhesives, brakes, and clutches used on all Destroyer Escorts.

Shipbuilders and sailors travelling on Destroyer Escorts and other warships often inhaled asbestos dust. Many Navy veterans recall sleeping below asbestos-covered pipes and shaking the dusty material from their bunks. Close quarters on ships and in shipyards led to many asbestos materials dislodging during normal operations, which led to asbestos inhalation and contamination of attachment to clothing. Military personnel and shipyard workers regularly carried asbestos dust home on their clothes, resulting in secondary exposure of asbestos to family and friends.

Speak with a Mesothelioma Attorney about exposure to asbestos aboard a Destroyer Escort.

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