Written By: Camryn Keeble

Asbestos on Navy Amphibious Ships & Landing Crafts

U.S. Navy amphibious ships and landing crafts are specialized vessels designed to support amphibious operations involving the deployment of troops, equipment and supplies from ships at sea onto the shore. These ships are critical to the success of amphibious operations but were unfortunately built with asbestos, which can cause severe health conditions for Navy veterans.

Retired LCDR Carl Jewett

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Retired LCDR Carl Jewett

VA-Accredited Claims Agent

Risks of Asbestos on Navy Amphibious Ships & Landing Crafts

The United States Navy’s amphibious ships and landing craft have long played a crucial role in projecting power and executing military operations across the globe. From World War II to present-day conflicts, these versatile vessels have been essential in transporting troops, equipment, and vehicles from sea to shore. 

Although these ships have heavily contributed to the success of amphibious operations, many veterans may have been exposed to asbestos during their service. Asbestos was often used as a key material in the construction of Navy ships, including amphibious ships and landing craft. It can be found in various components throughout all Navy ships until the 1980s.

The most common areas asbestos is likely to be found include pipe insulation, boilers, gaskets, pumps, valve packing materials, electrical wiring, generators, floor and deck tiles, bulkheads, overheads and more. Because of the widespread use of asbestos by the Navy and other branches, military asbestos exposure is a common occurrence. 

Unfortunately, many veterans have likely been exposed to asbestos and are at risk for developing health issues or asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma. If you are a Navy veteran and served on an amphibious ship or landing craft, you may have been exposed to asbestos on your ship. Contact our VA-Accredited Claims Agent, retired LCDR Carl Jewett, to find out more information or for assistance filing your VA claim.

History of Navy Amphibious Ships & Landing Craft

During World War II, amphibious ships like LSTs played a critical role in the success of numerous landings, including the iconic D-Day invasion in Normandy and the Pacific island-hopping campaign. These operations showcased the importance of amphibious ships in projecting power and securing strategic objectives.

In September 1950, the U.S. Navy executed a daring amphibious assault at Inchon, South Korea. This surprise operation, which relied heavily on amphibious ships and landing craft, allowed U.S. forces to push inland rapidly and eventually recapture the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Amphibious ships were also vital in the Vietnam War for their ability to transport troops and supplies along the Mekong Delta and other river systems. This unique form of warfare allowed U.S. forces to move swiftly and counteract the challenging terrain, ultimately enhancing their power projection capabilities.

Sources & Author

  1. US Navy 040728-N-4459K-004 Crew members aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) create formation lettering on the flight deck spelling out. Wikimedia COmmons. Retrieved from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8224215. Accessed: 09/05/2023.
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About the Writer, Camryn Keeble

Camryn Keeble is the senior content writer and editor for Mesothelioma Guide. She creates informative content to educate mesothelioma patients and their loved ones on news, treatments and more. She also works diligently to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and the effects of mesothelioma.