Asbestos Exposure on Navy Vessels: Guided Missile Destroyer

Guided Missile Destroyer 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 Guided Missile Destroyer before 1970. Asbestos was used on Guided Missile Destroyers because of its resistance to fire. Naval Contractors and Virginia Shipyard Workers who assisted in the:

  • Construction of Guided Missile Destroyers
  • Guided Missile Destroyer Repair
  • Guided Missile Destroyer Demolition
  • Renovation of Guided Missile Destroyers

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

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

Guided Missile Destroyers

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 Guided Missile Destroyer's boiler, fire, and engine rooms, and specifically, in numerous cables, gaskets, valves, adhesives, brakes, and clutches used on all Guided Missile Destroyers.

Shipbuilders and sailors travelling on Guided Missile Destroyers 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 Guided Missile Destroyer.

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